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Syrian government quarantines Sednayah city, north of Damascus

Editing: Abd Allah Al Darwesh |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/04/04 09:32

Rif Dimashq - SMART

On Saturday, the Syrian government imposed a quarantine on the city of Sednayah, north of Damascus, on suspicion that there are infection cases with coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Syrian government's media outlets reported that a person entered the city of Sednayah from Lebanon illegally about ten days ago and showed symptoms of fever, so health authorities forced him to home-quarantine. The media stated that the city was closed as a precautionary procedure, because the city of Sednayah is close to the town of Ain Minin, which has been recently quarantined, in Rif Dimashq.

The Health Ministry of the Syrian government announced that two infected people with COVID-19 have recovered.

On Thursday, the Syrian government imposed a quarantine on the Set Zaynab area in Damascus, on suspicion of infection cases with COVID-19.

On April 1, the Health Ministry imposed a quarantine on the town of Ain Minin, 18 kilometers north of Damascus, Southern Syria, after registring the death of a woman from the town due to COVID-19 disease, caused by SARS-CoV-2.

Earlier on Thursday, the Health Ministry of the Syrian government announced that it registered six new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of registered cases to 16, two of them died.

On March 22, 2020, the first case of COVID-19 was officially registered in the Syrian government-controlled city of Damascus, and then the number of registered cases gradually increased to ten.

On Dec. 31, 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has infected about 1,119,109 people until April 3, 2020 in more than 204 countries, 196,214 of them died, according to the (Worldmeteres).

COVID-19 is an infectious disease, caused by SARS-CoV-2, that spread 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 additional treatment.