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Afrin Military Hospital conducts tests due to Turkish soldiers infected with COVID-19; Syrian government evacuates its nationals from Russia

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TranslationEditor: Glory Jabr |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith

Syria - SMART

The Military Hospital in the city of Afrin, Northern Syria, stopped receiving mild cases to conduct tests to people contacted Turkish soldiers who got infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) a few days ago. The Syrian government evacuated its nationals from Russia as the latter came third in the word in terms of cases of COVID-19.

Afrin Military Hospital conducts tests to Syrians who contacted Turkish soldiers infected with COVID-19

On Monday, medical sources from the Afrin Military Hospital confirmed conducting tests to Syrians who contacted Turkish soldiers infected with COVID-19. 

The sources added that the hospitals of the area stopped receiving mild cases. The sources noted that the tests included Syrian people, the medical staff of the hospital, and even owners of shops who contacted the Turkish soldiers infected with COVID1-19.

The sources added that the tests have showed negative results so far, as there are no confirmed cases; however, other tests of other people will be announced on Tuesday.

The Afrin Military Hospital stopped receiving mild cases because there are people infected with COVID-19 in the hospital.

Residents reported to SMART that the guards of the hospital prevented them from entering the clinics in the hospital because there are quarantined patients in the hospital. 

Resident Hasan (A nickname) said that he wanted to go to the hospital to treat his child who is infected with Leishmania, but the guards informed him that the hospital stopped receiving mild cases, including non-emergency cases, and visiting clinics, because the hospital includes people infected with COVID-19. 

Hasan added that when he insisted on entering the hospital as he personally knows the guards, they allowed him to enter and see the patients from behind a glass barrier. Hasan noted that the patients were three and the guards told him they are Syrians, when asking about their nationality. 

Abu Ali (A nickname) noted that the guards refused to allow him to enter the hospital to visit the orthopedic clinic. Abu Ali added that the guards informed him that the reason for preventing him from entering is the existence of people infected with COVID-19 in the hospital. 

Abu Ali said that all the employees and the guards of the hospital wear medical face masks and gloves.

WHO establishes quarantine center in al-Hol camp

The World Health Organization (WHO) established a quarantine center to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the al-Hol camp, 70 kilometers east of al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria.

Hamrin al-Hasan, an administrator in the camp reported to the SMART-affiliate al-Bawaba in al-Hasakah that the WHO started establishing a quarantine center in the camp ten days ago after coordination and demands to apply procedures to fight COVID-19 in the camp.

Al-Hasan added that the quarantine center includes four large tents that include 80 beds special for COVID-19 cases. Al-Hasan said that they have prepared the ground, the fence, and the four tents so far. Al-Hasan noted that they are still waiting for the beds and medical equipment to arrive. Al-Hasan suspected that they will finish preparing the center by the weekend.

Syrian government evacuates its nationals from Russia as it comes third in terms of COVID-19


On Monday, the Syrian government announced that 245 Syrians arrived to Syria from Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow.


Syrian government media reported that 245 Syrians, who were stranded outside Syria, arrived on a plane belonging to the Syrian Air company to Damascus International Airport, coming from the Russian capital, adding that they will be put in quarantine for 14 days.

The media channels clarified that the arrivals were transferred to quarantines in the Dar al-Aman orphanage in Kafar Sousah and Unit 20 of the Damascus University dormitory for 14 days to make sure that they are not infected with COVID-19.

A source from Dr. Hasan al-Qastal's relatives reported to the SMART-affiliate al-Bawaba that Dr. al-Qastal, who is from the town of al-Hamra, eastern Hama, Central Syria, died from COVID-19 in the city of Marsa Matruh in Egypt.

The source added that the doctor got infected with COVID-19 in his clinic, and was transported to hospital days ago. The source noted that the doctor died in hospital and that his entire family was put in quarantine at home. 

Russia comes third in terms of COVID-19 cases in the world 

On Monday, Russia came third in the world in terms of announced cases of COVID-19, exceeding the United Kingdom and Italy. The cases of COVID-19 exceeded 221,000 in Russia.

On Monday, Russia registered 11,656 cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 221,765, including 2,300 critical ones. Russia exceeded the UK in terms of registered cases, as the UK registered 219,183 and Italy has registered 219,70 cases so far.

Announced deaths from COVID-19 in Russia reached 2,009 after registering 94 new ones. The total of people who recovered from the virus reached 39,801. Russia has so far conducted 5,636,000 tests to detect COVID-19. The tests covered 3.8 of Russia's population.

The Iraqi Environment and Health Ministry registered 88 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 2,767. 

The ministry added that it registered 37 new cases in al-Karkh, 22 in al-Rusafa, 11 in Misan, eight in al-Basra, seven in the Medicine City, two in Dhi-Qar, and one in Diyala. 

Thirty two infected people recovered, bringing the total of people who recovered to 1,734. The total of deaths reached 109 after registering two new ones.

On Monday, the Jordanian Health Ministry registered 18 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 540.

A source from the ministry reported to SMART that they registered 12 cases of people who contacted a truck driver in the al-Khanasiri area, two quarantined students in the Dead Sea area, and eight Arab drivers coming to Jordan from abroad, three of them are jordanians. 

The source added that the total of infected people reached 540. Two infected people recovered, bringing the total of people who recovered to 389. 94 cases remained under quarantine and treatment.

On Dec. 31, 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has infected more than 4.2 million people until May 11, 2020 in 212 countries, more than 284,000 of them died, and 1.5 million, according to the (Worldometer).

According to the latest statistics, death toll due to the virus around the world reached about 6.8 percent of recorded cases, while recoveries reached 35.8.

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.