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Doctors refuse to serve in quarantine in Syria; Jordan refuses entry of man infected with COVID-19 coming from Syria

Editing: Jaffar Al-aga |
Translation: Nouha Salti

Syria - SMART

The Syrian government insists on not revealing the real number of COVID-19 cases in the country even with after it announced the return of Syrians coming from abroad, which led several doctors to refuse serving in quarantines of hospitals in central Syria, especially after Jordan prevented the entry of a man with COVID-19 coming from Syria.

New COVID-19 cases in Syria:

On Sunday, a medical source reported to SMART that six new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the National Hospital of the Syrian government-controlled city of Hama, Central Syria.

The source added that one week earlier, six patients, four of them from one family, arrived in the Hama National Hospital. The source clarified that the family were infected with the virus after contacting an infected doctor who work in the same hospital.

The source added that the Syria government allocated the fourth floor of the hospital to isolate patients, who show COVID-10 systems, and provided it with ventilators, while suspects cases will be distributed to the Sharia and the Gharb al-Mashtal quarantines, in which every three people stay in one room.

The source mentioned that tests and sample taking to detect the disease are not available to everyone, as they are for Syrian government officials and their families only. People who need to make the test have to pay about 50 thousand Syrian pounds.

The source said that X-ray generator of the hospital is out of service, forcing people to search for private x-ray centers, amid accusations that the hospital staff deliberately disrupted the x-ray equipment in exchange for an agreement with doctors working in private centers, without mentioning their names or their workplaces.

Doctors refuse to serve in quarantines:

Several doctors and medical staff in the Hama National Hospital refused to serve in the quarantine, which accommodate patients suspected with COVID-19, due to poor health conditions and the lack of preventive measures.

A private medical source reported to SMART that the health situation in the Hama National Hospital is "very bad", pointing to the lack of medical gloves and masks, and preventive means to protect the medical staff from infection.

The source, who preferred to stay anonymous for security reasons, added that some doctors and medical staff refrained from entering the hospital's quarantine for fear of infection, noting that patients enter and leave the quarantine without sterilization and without masks or gloves.

The source said that the hospital's quarantine includes 13 suspected patients, including four in a critical condition who are using ventilators, in addition to several other cases that have recovered and leaved the hospital.

Syrians abroad return to Syria:

On Sunday, the Syrian government Ministry of Transport announced evacuating Syrians who are abroad and wishing to return to Syria due to the spread of COVID-19 worldwide.

The Ministry of Transport said in a statement published on its official website, that starting on Monday, the Syrian Airlines will evacuate Syrians wishing to return to the country, based on lists registered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic missions abroad.

The ministry stated that the first flight will be on Monday from the Emirates on Airbus 340, and will carry about 250 passengers.

The ministry stressed the necessity of being in the airport seven hours before the flight date for necessary medical examinations, stressing also the necessity of wearing masks and gloves, and committing to instructions and measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Health Minister of the Syrian Interim Government, Dr. Maram al-Sheikh, confirmed that no COVID-19 cases were registered in Northwestern Syria, adding that the number of conducted tests reached 315, and all of them showed negative results.

Russia is the seventh most affected country in the world:

After registering 10,000 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, Russia became the seventh most affected country in the world with COVID-19.

Cases in Russia suppressed China, while the United Stated, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, preceded Russia, according to wordolmeter.

The total number confirmed COVID-19 cases in Russia is now 145,268 people, with 10,633 new infections, raising the total to 134,687. About 1,300 people died of the virus, lifting Russia above Turkey in the list of worst-affected countries.

This came after the infection of the Russian Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin, Vladimir Yakushev, Minister of Construction Industry and his deputy, amidst strict procedures by the Kremlin to protect the Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

In mid Feb. 2020, Russia registered the first case of COVID-19, and one month later, the number reached 50 and kept on rising. In March, Russia registered 2,300 cases, and in April, the number exceeded 100 thousand case.

Jordan prevent entry of man infected with COVID-19 coming from Syria:

On Sunday, the Jordanian Health Minister, Saad Jaber, announced that the ministry refused the entry of a man, who is infected with COVID-19, coming from Syria via the Jaber-Nasib border crossing.

A source from the Health Ministry reported to SMART that it registered four new COVID-19 cases for drivers of cargo trucks coming from outside Jordan, three of them are Jordanians.

The source added that the total number of cases in Jordan reached 465 people, three new cases have recovered, rising the number of recoveries to 370, while 64 cases are being treated.

In Lebanon, the Health Ministry stated on its official website that the total number of COVID-19 cases reached 737 after registering four new cases for people coming from outside Lebanon, adding that it registered one death due to the virus in the past 24 hours.

Recoveries in Lebanon reached 197 cases since the virus spread, while the number of deaths reached 25, according to Lebanon’s Health Ministry.

On Dec. 31, 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has infected more than 3.6 million people until May 4, 2020 in 210 countries, about 249,000 of them died, and more than million others recovered, according to the (Worldometer).

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 32.5.

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.