The former prime minister of Somalia, Nur Hassan Hussein, died in a London hospital on Wednesday after contracting the new coronavirus.
Somalia has entered a three-day mourning period after the death of the 83 year old politician, reports the Al Jazeera.
Nur Hassan Hussein was popularly known as Nur Adde. He was the East African country's prime minister from November 2007 to February 2009.
"Recognising the efforts made by the deceased for his country and his people, I hereby declare three days of national mourning, lowering of the flag of the Federal Republic of Somalia to half mast, to give Prime Minister Nur Adde the respect he deserves," Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo said in a statement late on Wednesday.
Hussein's family said the former leader will be buried in London.
In the United Kingdom, there are 33,718 cases of coronavirus and 2,921 have died from COVID-19, while in Somalia, there are five reported cases and no deaths.