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Syrian government allocates schools in Hama city to quarantine students coming from Idlib and al-Raqqa

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Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/05/28 12:00

Hama - SMART

The Syrian government’s education directorate in the Hama governorate, Central Syria, allocated several school in Hama to quarantine students coming from the Idlib and al-Raqqa governorates, Northern and Northeastern Syria.   

On Thursday, private sources reported to SMART that the education directorate emptied 19 schools in the city of Hama in order to prepare quarantines, in which students coming from al-Raqqa and Idlib to submit final exams will stay for 14 days.

The sources added that the directorate quarantined several students who came to the city in crowded rooms, adding that some students rented houses to avoid crowdedness.  

On May 27, 2020, the health directorate of the Syrian government isolated five suspected COVID-19 cases in the city of Hama.

On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government announced the first COVID-19 case in Damascus, and the number of cases continued rising to reach 121, except for unrevealed cases, amidst international warnings about the risk of COVID-19 spreading among all Syrians.

On Dec. 31, 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has infected more than 5.6 million people until May 28, 2020, more than 355,000 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.