Djibouti’s Covid-19 cases have risen to 1,501 after 117 more people tested positive for the coronavirus disease, the Ministry of Health announced on Monday.

In a statement, health ministry said the country has tested 18,345 people so far.

The new cases were reported out of 813 laboratory tests. Since Djibouti reported its first Covid-19 case on March 18, the country has witnessed a huge rise in coronavirus cases.

The Ministry stated Djibouti had confirmed 7 deaths and 1018 recoveries.

On May 19, Djibouti had reported 1,120 cases. The country had closed its land borders, except for cargo movements, to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Despite the high numbers of infections in a country of about one million people, the country began easing Covid-19 restrictions two weeks due to “economic pressure”.

Early month, Djibouti’s Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf said that the country would begin easing lockdown restrictions gradually from May 11, 2020 to enable citizens to earn a living.

The foreign minister said that public transport services would resume and places of worship would be allowed to reopen, provided that the public follows “very strict measures” such as wearing face masks in public, respecting social distancing and adhering to high hygienic standards.


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