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Syrian government’s Health Ministry announces 16 new COVID-19 cases, raising tally to 86

Editing: Hazem Halak |
TranslationEditor: Glory Jabr |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/05/25 07:09

Syria - SMART

The Health Ministry of the Syrian government announced 16 new COVID-19 cases, raising tally in Syrian government-controlled areas to 86.

On its official social media accounts, the Health Ministry said that the new cases are all for Syrians who were stranded abroad and came recently to Syria, including six cases from the United Arab Emirates, four cases from Russia, four cases from Kuwait, and two cases from Sudan.

According to the ministry’s statistics, the total number of cases in Syria reached 86 so far, with 41 recoveries and four deaths.  

In Northwestern Syria, the Assistance Coordination Unit’s Early Warning Alert and Response Network (EWARN) said that no cases have been registered in the region until May 24, 2020. Earlier, the EWARN announced 547 suspected COVID-19 cases, as 789 tests were conducted and all results showed negative.

On Dec. 31, 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has infected more than 5.4 million people until May 25, 2020, more than 345,000 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.