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EWARN announces eight suspected COVID-19 cases in Northwestern Syria

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Editing: Hazem Halak |
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Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/05/19 07:31

Idlib - SMART

On Tuesday, the Assistance Coordination Unit’s Early Warning Alert and Response Network (EWARN), supported by the World Health Organization announced eight suspected COVID-19 cases in Northwestern Syria.  

On social media, the EWARN said that it registered eight new suspected COVID-19 cases that are waiting for their test results.

The EWARN added that the number of suspected cases in Northwestern Syria reached 548 until May 19, 2020, while 763 tests have been conducted so far.  

On May 14, 2020, Maram al-Sheikh, the Health Minister of the Syrian Interim Government, said that they conducted 603 tests for suspected COVID-19 cases in Northwestern Syria, and all results showed negative.

On May 18, 2020, the EWARN said that tests of 15 suspected cases in Northwestern Syria showed negative, adding that they are still waiting for the tests of the new eight suspected cases.

On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government registered the first COVID-19 case in its controlled areas and gradually, the number increased to reach 43 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 4.8 million people until May 19, 2020, more than 319,000 of them died, according to the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s statistics.

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.