Somalia’s new president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said on Friday he is isolating after testing positive for COVID-19, shortly after returning from a trip to the United Arab Emirates.
“So far, I have no symptoms but I will continue to self-isolate and serve the people of Somalia from home,” he said on Twitter.
“I ask we all keep each other safe by following public health advice and guidelines.”
The 66-year-old president returned Friday from the United Arab Emirates where he had made his first official trip abroad since his election on May 15.
Mohamud is a former academic and peace activist who was previously president from 2012 to 2017 but whose first administration was dogged by claims of corruption and infighting.