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First four cases of COVID-19 are registered in Afrin, Aleppo

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Publication date: 2020/05/06 11:20

Aleppo - SMART

A medical source revealed that four cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), caused by SARS-CoV-2, were registered in the Afrin area, 44 kilometers north of Aleppo, Northern Syria. These cases are the first to be registered in areas outside Syrian government forces control, Northwestern Syria.

The source added that the Dar al-Shifa Hospital in Afrin received five people who showed COVID-19 symptoms. The hospital sent samples of the people to Turkey. The results confirmed that four of the people are infected with COVID-19.

The source said that the people are still at the hospital. The source noted that the Turkish authorities that run the Afrin area withhold about the cases for unknown reasons.

On Monday night, Maram al-Sheikh, the Syrian Interim Government’s health minister stated that no cases of COVID-19 have so far been registered in Northwestern Syria.

Earlier, international and United Nations organizations warned of a real disaster in areas outside Syrian government forces control, Northern Syria, if COVID-19 spreads. The warnings were not met with even simple action to save the lives of 4 million people, about a third of them live in camps.

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 44, 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 3.7 million people until May 6, 2020 in 210 countries, about 259,000 of them died, and more than million others recovered, 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.