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Eight new patients of COVID-19 arrive at Aleppo University Hospital; Turkish police kills Syrian refugee for violating curfew

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Syria - SMART

The Syrian government hides details of people infected with coronavirus (COVID-19). By the time the University Hospital in the city of Aleppo, Northern Syria, receives new cases of the virus, the Syrian government’s Health Ministry announced five cases of recovery. The ministry said nothing about the new confirmed or suspected cases.

Total of people infected with COVID-19 exceeds 3 million

The total of people infected with COVID-19 exceeded 3 million worldwide, as Saudi Arabia came first among Arab countries in terms of infections. 

As far as Monday evening, the virus has infected 3,088,384 people in 210 countries. 212,811 of them died; however, 935,218 recovered, according to (Worldometers).

According to the latest statistics, death toll due to the virus around the world reached about 6.9 percent of recorded cases, while recoveries reached 29.5.

Half of the cases in the world were concentrated in the United States and five European countries. The US alone registered 990,290 cases, which equals a third of the cases in the world. 229,422 cases have been registered in Spain, 197,675 in Italy, 162,100 in France, 158,142 in Germany, and 152,840 in the United Kingdom.  

The US came first in terms of deaths due to COVID-19, registering 55,506 ones, 26,644 deaths in Italy, and 23,521 in Spain. Spain came first in the world in terms of cases of recovery, registering 120,832 ones, then 118,869 in the US, and 114,500 in Germany.

China, in which the virus first spread on Dec. 31, 2019, dropped to the tenth place in terms of infections that reached 82,830, 77,474 out of them recovered and 4,633 died, according to China official statistics. 110,130 cases were registered in Turkey, 91,472 in Iran, and 87,147 in Russia.

Saudi Arabia came first among Arab countries in terms of infections that reached 18,811. 11,244 cases have been registered in Qatar, 10,349 in the United Arab Emirates, 4,534 in Egypt, and 3,382 in Algeria. Algeria came first among Arab countries in terms of deaths that reached 425, 317 in Egypt, then 144 in Saudi Arabia. 

COVID-19 deepens plight of Syrians fleeing war


The UNHCR said that the coronavirus pandemic has deepened the plight of people fleeing war, conflict and persecution. As countries battle to protect their populations and economies, fundamental norms of refugee and human rights law are at risk.


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, estimates that 167 countries have so far fully or partially closed their borders to contain the spread of the virus. At least 57 states are making no exception for people seeking asylum.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said, “The core principles of refugee protection are being put to the test. People who are forced to flee conflict and persecution should not be denied safety and protection on the pretext, or even as a side effect, of responding to the virus.”

Syrian government does not announce eight new cases of COVID-19 in Aleppo

On Tuesday, a medical source reported to SMART that new patients with COVID-19 entered the University Hospital in the Syrian government-controlled city of Aleppo, Northern Syria.

The source stated that on Sunday night, eight patients from the al-Mashhad neighborhood in Aleppo arrived at the University Hospital, including three women, one of them was in a critical case. The source noted that three other patients were quarantined.

The source added that the number of infected people and those suspected to be infected with COVID-19 in the University Hospital exceeded 170. The source noted that the hospital allocated a section with high services to receive specific people, as it received two members from the Aleppo Governorate Council.

The source stated that a team from the Syrian government's official media, called for removing the patients from the quarantine sections, to prepare a report showing the hospital's free of patients. However, the hospital's administration refused because there were a lot of patients, some in critical conditions.

On Tuesday, the Syrian government’s Health Ministry announced five cases of recovery form COVID-19, bringing the total of people who recovered to 19. The ministry noted that the total of infected people is 43, including three deaths.

The Syrian government reduced procedures of curfew imposed to fight COVID-19 in its controlled areas. Some careers and shops resumed work in specific times and days of the week.

The Syrian government media reported that the government allowed offices of public trade, contractings, cladding, transactions, renting cars, and teaching drivers, investment offices, and shops of clothes, shoes, and cigarettes to open on Mondays and Wednesdays of each week from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

The Syrian government allowed offices of sworn translation, planning and drawing, selling extinguishers, and shops of wooden doors, furniture, carpets, paints, and coffered ceilings to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same time.

On March 22, 2020, the Syrian government officially registered the first case of COVID-19 in the Syrian government-controlled city of Damascus. Later, the total of registered cases gradually increased to 43, amidst international warnings that the disease poses a significant risk to all Syrians.

Turkish police kills Syrian young man for violating curfew


Adana state issued a statement saying that a police officer killed the Syrian man while the police were trying to stop him for violating the curfew imposed in Turkey due to COVID-19. The Turkish official media ignored the most important information in the statement. 

The statement said that the concerned police officer was released as administrative and judiciary investigations continue. Activists and Syrian and Turkish citizens demanded on social media to detain the police officer and punish him.

Anadolu published a news article in Arabic about the statement, and the detaining of the police officer who shot the young man and suspending his work temporarily amidst administrative and judiciary ongoing investigations. Anadolu ignored the information of releasing the police officer. 

On April 27, 2020, Turkish police directly shot dead the young man Ali al-Asani, who is 19 years old, after he refused to stop at a checkpoint.

The statement added that al-Asani was shot by mistake as police fired warning shots after he escaped and did not stop.

The statement added that policemen from the Seyhan Security Directorate established a checkpoint in the Sucuzade neighborhood in Adana, referring to the scenes of the shooting.

Inas al-Najar, a member of the Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee stated to SMART that she contacted the Turkish Ministry of Interior to know the details of the shooting.  

Al-Najar added that the Turkish police emphasized that the incident was conducted according to inspection procedures, as the police did not know the nationality of the young man. Al-Najar said that the police ordered the young man to stop several times, but he did not respond, hence the police shot to warn him, but he did not stop, consequently shooting him.

Syrian and Turkish citizens on social media decried killing al-Asani. The citizens demanded the Turkish Ministry of Interior, Justice Ministry, and Security Directorate to account the perpetrators.

On Dec. 31, 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has infected more than 3 million people until April 28, 2020  in more than 210 countries, about  212,000 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.