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EWARN announces 11 suspected COVID-19 cases in Northwestern Syria

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Publication date: 2020/05/21 07:51

Idlib - SMART

On Thursday, the Assistance Coordination Unit’s Early Warning Alert and Response Network (EWARN), supported by the World Health Organization announced 11 suspected COVID-19 cases in Northwestern Syria.  

On social media, EWARN said that it registered 11 new suspected COVID-19 cases that are waiting for their test results. EWARN added that it conducts laboratorial tests for the cases; however, the results have not been announced yet.  

EWARN added that the number of suspected cases in Northwestern Syria have reached 559 as far as May 21, 2020, while 774 tests have been conducted so far.  

SMART tried to contact the EWARN administrative board for information about the condition of the cases, but there have been no clear answer about the laboratorial results of the tests.    

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 were negative.

On May 18, 2020, the EWARN said that tests of 15 suspected cases and eight cases on May 19, 2020 in Northwestern Syria showed negative, adding that they are still waiting for the tests of the 11 new eight suspected cases.

On March 22, 2020, the Syrian government officially registered the first case of COVID-19 in its controlled areas. Later, the registered cases gradually increased to reach 58, except for the cases that the Syrian government does not announce, amidst warnings that COVID-19 poses a significant risk 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 5 million people until May 21, 2020, about 329,000 of them died, according to the Johns Hopkins University'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.