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Syrian government’s Health Ministry announces 20 new COVID-19 cases, raising tally to 106

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Publication date: 2020/05/25 10:09

Syria - SMART

The Health Ministry of the Syrian government announced 20 new COVID-19 cases, raising tally in Syrian government-controlled areas to 106.

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 15 cases from Kuwait, three cases from Sudan, one case from Russia, and another case from the United Arab Emirates. 

According to the ministry’s statistics, the total number of cases in Syria has reached 106 so far, with 41 recoveries and four deaths. 

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.