Puntland Relaxes Covid-19 restrictions

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Puntland provincial authority in Somalia has decided to relax the preventive measures, including easing border restrictions, that have been imposed in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The health minister of Puntland provincial authority, Jama Farah Hasan, has cited the reason for relaxing the measures of Eid-Al-Fitr which is approaching.

Puntland authority said it lifted closure of border points and allowing movement of the people entering and leaving, and Khat importation is allowed in Puntland.

The health minister  has reiterated that Khat won’t be sold in nearby government buildings and the offices of UN agencies due to security concerns in Garowe, the administrative seat of Nugal province.

The minister has not clarified if the curfew will be re-imposed after the Eid-Al-Fitr celebrations but he said that the Taskforce against Covid-19 will review the relaxation of the curfew.

Puntland imposed the curfew on 27th March after ministers and state parliamentarians have tested positive for Covid-19.

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