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Syrian government ends school year in its controlled areas by transferring students to next grade due to COVID-19

Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/04/27 08:34

Damascus - SMART

On Sunday, the Syrian government ended the school year in its controlled areas, transferring all students of transitional grades automatically to the next grade due to coronavirus (COVID-19), caused by SARS-CoV-2.

The Syrian government's Ministry of Education announced on its official website ending the school year 2019-2020 for all transitional grades, and transferring students automatically to to the next grade.

The Syrian government's Ministry of Health stated that the total of COVID-19 cases in Syria has reached 43 until Sunday, including 14 recoveries and three deaths.

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 an imminent danger to all Syrians.

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  27, 2020 in 210 countries, more than 874,000 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.