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Parties in control of Syrian territory continue to take precautionary procedures to fight COVID-19; numbers of people infected with COVID-19 increase in neighboring countries

Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
TranslationEditor: Glory Jabr |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith

Syria - SMART

Coronavirus (COVID-19), caused by SARS-CoV-2, continues to spread worldwide, amid decisions by governments trying to decrease the number of people infected. The parties in control of Syrian terrritory are taking precautionary procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially as it infects more people in neighboring countries. 

The Autonomous Administration in Northeastern Syria extended the curfew for another 15 days to fight COVID-19. The Autonomous Administration announced new decisions to help people during this period. 

The Autonomous Administration issued a statement saying that the curfew starts on April 7 until 21, 2020. The statement added that the curfew excludes agricultural and vet pharmacies, and shops of repairing and selling agricultural vehicles’ spares. The Autonomous Administration allowed the shops and pharmacies, and centers that the decision excluded, to open from 5:00.p.m until 1:00 a.m.

The Autonomous Administration issued another statement saying that it exempted subscribers from paying electricity, water, and hygiene bills for the third round (May and June) to help the people during curfew. The Autonomous Administration stopped compulsory recruitment campaigns in its controlled areas, Northeastern Syria for three months starting from April 5 until July 5, 2020, as a precautionary procedure to prevent the spread of  COVID-19.

COVID-19 affects Syrians’ access to bread:

Residents in the Syrian government-controlled city of Hama, Central Syria, complained about difficulty in getting bread through distributors after the Syrian government closed bakeries in early April.

Residents reported to SMART that bread distributors in neighborhoods come on purpose early at 5:00 a.m, which is the time of the curfew due to COVID-19, so it is difficult for the residents to buy bread. The residents complained that the distributors sell the bag of bread for 150 instead of 100 Syrian pounds (SYP), and sell families only the half of their quantity that is supposed to be 14 loaves of bread.

The residents added that the Syrian government did not allocat distributors for many people, which forces them to buy another kind of bread for 550 SYP per bag. 

British Prime Minister enters intensive care due to COVID-19:

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise "where necessary" after he has been moved to the intensive care unit in a hospital in London due to his infection with coronavirus (COVID-19), caused by SARS-CoV-2.

On Monday night, BBC News quoted a spokesman as saying that Johnson was moved on the advice of his medical team and was receiving "excellent care."

The prime minister, 55, was admitted to hospital in London with "persistent symptoms" on Sunday evening.

The Queen has been kept informed about Johnson's health by No 10, according to Buckingham Palace.

BBC added that the prime minister was given oxygen late on Monday afternoon, before being taken to intensive care. However, he has not been put on a ventilator.

Cases of COVID-19 increase in Syria's neighboring countries:

The total of people infected with COVID-19 exceeded 30,000 people in Turkey. 

On Monday night, Fahrettin Koca, the Turkish Health Minister said that they conducted tests for 21,400 people. Koca added that the results showed that 3,148 people are infected with COVID-19, bringing the total of the infected people to 30,217. 

Koca noted that 75 infected people died, bringing the total of deaths to 694.

The Jordanian Health Ministry confirmed four new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total of the infected people to 349.

A source from the ministry reported to SMART that they registered one death of an elderly woman, bringing the total of deaths to six. The source added that they registered four new cases of COVID-19, including two people who contacted an already-infected person, and two people who contacted already-infected people. The source noted that the number of people who recovered increased to 126. 

The Iraqi Health Ministry announced 70 new cases of COVID-19. 

The ministry posted on social media that the total of people infected with COVID-19 increased to 1,031 after the ministry registered 70 new cases in the cities of Baghdad, al-Karkh, City of Medicine, Basrah, al-Najaf, Sulaymaniyah, Karbala, Dhi-Qar, and Erbil where 40 out of the 70 cases were registered.

The Lebanese Health Ministry registered seven new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of the infected people to 548.

The ministry published a report saying that the total of the people infected with COVID-19 increased to 548 following seven new cases. The ministry noted that it did not register any new death over the past 24 hours. The deaths remained 19. 

On Dec. 31, 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has infected about 1,360,000 people until April 7, 2020 in more than 206 countries, about 75,000 of them died, according to the (Worldometer).

COVID-19 is an infectious disease, caused by SARS-CoV-2, that spreads from person-to-person and by respiratory droplets. These droplets fall on surrounding surfaces, so other people could be infected when they touch these surfaces by touching their eyes, noses, or mouths. People could be infected if they inhale droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it is important to keep a one-meter distance (three feet) away from infected people.

Infection symptoms include body aches, blocked nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. The symptoms begin as mild and develop gradually. Some people become infected without showing any symptoms and without feeling ill. About 80% of infected people recover from the disease without any special treatment.