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Syrian government announces 15 new COVID-19 cases, raising tally to 121

Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/05/26 09:44

Syria - SMART

On Tuesday, the Health Ministry of the Syrian government announced 15 new COVID-19 cases, raising tally in Syrian government-controlled areas to 121.

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 nine cases from Kuwait, five cases from Sudan, and one case from the United Arab Emirates. 

According to the ministry’s statistics, the total number of cases in Syria has reached 121 so far, with 41 recoveries and four deaths. 

On May 25, 2020, the Health Ministry of the Syrian government announced 20 new COVID-19 cases, raising tally in Syrian government-controlled areas to 106.

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 so far. 

On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government registered the first COVID-19 case in its controlled areas and gradually, the number increased to reach 121 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 5.4 million people until May 25, 2020, more than 347,000 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.