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Two planes carrying 510 Syrians stranded in UAE arrive in Damascus and Latakia

Editing: Hazem Halak |
TranslationEditor: Glory Jabr |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
Publication date: 2020/05/13 07:47

Latakia - SMART

On Tuesday night, the Syrian government said that two planes from the Syrian Air Company arrived in Syria from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 510 Syrians stranded abroad.

The Syrian government media reported that 260 Syrians, who were stranded abroad, arrived in the Latakia International Airport coming from the Sharjah Airport in the UAE. The media added that the arrivals will be put in quarantine for 14 days in the Lamira and Blue Beach hotels.

The media added that another plane carrying 250 Syrians arrived in the Damascus International Airport coming from the UAE. The arrivals were transported to quarantine centers in the hotel of the airport and the University City where they will be put in quarantine for 14 days to make sure they are not infected with coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Earlier on Monday morning, a flight from the Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow carrying 245 Syrians arrived in Syria. On May 9, 2020, two flights with 393 Syrians on board arrived in Syria from Sudan and Oman, according to the Syrian government's media.

On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government registered the first COVID-19 case in its controlled city of Damascus, and gradually, the number increased to reach 47 cases, amidst international warnings about the risk of COVID-19 spreading among Syrians.

On Dec. 31, 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has infected more than 4.3 million people until May 13, 2020 in 212 countries, about 294,000 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.