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Turkey and Response Coordinators Team demand organizations to support Northern Syria against COVID-19; cases of infection exceeds 2 million worldwide

Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
TranslationEditor: Glory Jabr |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
Publication date: 2020/04/15 17:03
Update date: 2020/04/15 17:06

Syria - SMART

Turkey and the Response Coordinators Team in Syria demanded United Nations organizations to provide aid for residents and displaced people in areas outside Syrian government control, Northern Syria, to face coronavirus (COVID-19), caused by SARS-CoV-2. The total of people infected with COVID-19 exceeded two million worldwide, two thirds of them in the United States and five European countries. 

Response Coordinators Team in Syria demands organizations to aid Northern Syria against COVID-19:

Response Coordinators Team in Syria denounced international organizations’ neglecting areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Northern Syria, in terms of fighting COVID-19.

The team issued a statement saying that organizations continue to aid Syrian government-controlled areas and neglect Northern Syria, where six million civilians live, including 1.5 million displaced people who live in camps that lack basic necessities. 

The team rejected the policy of double standards used by some international parties against the residents of Northern Syria by preventing or delaying aid from being entered their areas to face COVID-19. The team called the parties to immediately respond to the residents’ needs, especially those related to medical sector. 

The team warned of Northern Syria’s turning into an epicenter of COVID-19 if it spreads, amidst poor medical services as dozens of hospitals and medical centers were destroyed due to Syrian government forces and Russian bombings.  

The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu urged the international community to immediately act for Idlib amidst the spread of COVID-19. 

Speaking at a virtual conference by the Atlantic Council in Turkey, Cavusoglu said that COVID-19 aggravated the situation in Idlib and the international community must act before it is too late for Syria and Idlib,” according to Anadolu Agency.

Cavusoglu said, "We are concerned that this might trigger another wave of refugees to Turkey due to international community's failure."

Cavusoglu stressed the necessity to keep the ceasefire agreement in Idlib, adding that settling solutions to clashes in Libya, Syria, and other areas in the world has become necessary after COVID-19 appeared. 

Salvation Government suspends bread bakeries in Idlib as precautionary procedure against COVID-19:

On Tuesday, the General Directorate of Trade and Supply of the Salvation Government operating in Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-controlled areas, Northern Syria, suspended four bread bakeries because they did not apply precautionary procedures against COVID-19. 

Mulham al-Ahmad, official of the Salvation Government’s Public Relations stated to SMART that they suspended the work of the bakeries because their owners did not commit to hygiene instructions and precautionary procedures against COVID-19.

Al-Ahmad added that the violations continued in the bakeries despite many warnings, as the workers were not wearing medical face masks and plastic gloves, and were not committing to hygiene instructions.

Al-Ahmad noted that each of the bakeries consumes from three to four tons of flour per day. Al-Ahmad added that two of the bakeries are in the city of al-Dana, northern Idlib, the third is in the village of Deir Hasan, and the fourth in the village of Qah. 

Al-Ahmad said that the suspension is unspecified and will continue until administrators of the bakeries undertake to commit to specified standards. Al-Ahmad said that the aim of suspending the bakeries is to raise people's awareness and not to stop production. 

Russia sterilizes its headquarters in Syria:

Russian forces sterilized their military headquarters in the al-Raqqa governorate, Northeastern Syria, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Military sources from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reported to SMART that Russian forces sterilized military equipment and buildings, in which Russian soldiers reside in the al-Tabaqa Military Airbase, Brigade Base 93, and the military bases in the village of al-Trifawi, 50 kilometers north of al-Raqqa, as a precautionary procedure against COVID-19. 

The sources added that a specialized team conducted sterilization that included military vehicles and logistic equipment. 

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

On Wednesday, Lebanon registered 17 new cases of COVID-19. 

The Lebanese Health Ministry posted on social media that the total number of the infected people increased to 658 following 17 new cases over the past 24 hours. The ministry added that deaths reached 21.

107 infected people died due to COVID-19 in Turkey, bringing the number of deaths to 1,403.

The Turkish Health Ministry stated that they registered 107 new deaths, bringing the number of deaths to 1,403. The ministry noted that specialized teams monitor 250,000 people and continue to search the source of infection. 

The ministry added that the rate of deaths and cases of infection decreased in the fourth week of COVID-19 spread. The total number of infected people reached 626,111 after testing 443,626 people. The ministry noted that 4,799 infected people recovered.

The Jordanian Health Ministry registered six new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infected people to 397.

A source from the Jordanian Health Ministry reported to SMART that they registered three cases in Amman, one of them is a person who got infected by his infected father, the other is a woman maid who contacted the infected house's owner, and two truck drivers whose infection was detected by random tests on border.

The source added that the total number of infected people in Jordan reached 397; however, 20 people recovered, bringing the total of the people who recovered to 235.

The source said that the government decided to impose curfew that includes all governorates for 48 hours starting from Thursday night until Saturday evening. 

The Iraqi Health Ministry registered 22 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of infected people to 1,400.

The ministry issued a statement saying that laboratories registered 22 new case of COVID-19, ten of them in al-Basra, four in Wasit and Kirkuk, three in al-Karkh, one in each of al-Rusafa, Medicine City, al-Sulaymaniyah, Babylon, and al-Diwaniyah.

The statement added that the ministry did not register any new deaths, and that 49 people recovered, bringing the total of the infected people to 1,400, including 78 deaths and 766 cases of recovery. 

Cases of COVID-19 exceed 2 million worldwide:

The total number of people infected with (COVID-19), caused by SARS-CoV-2 in the world increased to more than 2 millions. Saudia Arabia came first among Arab countries in terms of cases of infection.

About 2,000,243 people have been infected so far in 212 countries, 126,758 of them died; however, the number of people who recovered reached 484,747, according to (Worldometers). 

Two thirds of cases of COVID-19 were concentrated in the United States and five European countries. Statistics showed that 603.488 people are infected in the US, 172.541 in Spain, 162.488 in Italy, 143.3030 in France, 131.170 in Germany, and 93.873 in the UK.

COVID-19 has killed 25,194 people in the US, 18,056 in Spain, 21,067 in Italy, 15,729 in France, 3,272 in Germany, and 12,107 in the UK. 

China, in which the disease spread on Dec. 31, 2019 before spreading in the world, came seventh with 82,249, including 3,342 deaths. Journalists and activists accuse Beijing of hiding real numbers of infected people and deaths of COVID-19.

The significant portion of COVID-19 cases in Arab countries was registered in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has registered 5,369 cases so far, 4,933 cases in the United Arab Emirates, 3,428 in Qatar, 2,350 in Egypt, and 2,070 in Algeria. 

Algeria came first among Arab countries in terms of deaths, as 313 deaths have been registered so far, 178 deaths in Egypt, 73 in Saudi Arabia, 28 in UAE, and 7 in Qatar.

Updated statistics showing the total number of deaths and cases of infection with COVID-19 change every moment when refreshing Worldometers website.