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Syrian government’s Health Ministry announces 11 new COVID-19 cases

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Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/05/23 11:08
Update date: 2020/05/23 14:24

Damascus - SMART

On Saturday, the Syrian government’s Health Ministry announced 11 new COVID-19 cases in Syria.

In statement on social media, the Health Ministry announced that all new COVID-19 cases came from Kuwait, adding that the total number of COVID-19 cases in the Syrian government-controlled areas reached 70 cases, with 37 recoveries and four deaths.

On Friday, the Health Ministry announced a new death due to COVID-19, raising the number of announced cases to 59.  

On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government registered the first COVID-19 case in its controlled areas and gradually, the number increased to reach 59 cases, amidst international warnings about the risk of COVID-19 spreading among Syrians.

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.