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Syrian government imposes lockdown on residential buildings in al-Zeyabyeh, Rif Dimashq

Editing: Jaffar Al-aga |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/05/29 15:47

Syria - SMART

On Friday, the Syrian government imposed lockdown on two residential buildings in the town of al-Zeyabyeh, southern Damascus, after confirming a COVID-19 case for a man who recently left quarantine.

Syrian government media channels reported Abdullah al-Ahmad, mayor of the town, as saying that a lockdown was imposed on the two buildings after a man, who recently returned from Kuwait, visited his relatives before the knowing the results of his tests.

Local sources reported to SMART that residents of the town demanded the Health Ministry to clarify how a man could leave the quarantine before knowing his results, as a source from the ministry confirmed that it is “impossible” to allow people to leave quarantine before confirming that the results are negative, and that the ministry will follow-up on the case to know more details.

On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government announced the first COVID-19 case in Damascus, and the number of cases continued rising to reach 122, except for unrevealed cases, amidst international warnings about the risk of COVID-19 spreading among all Syria.

On Dec. 31, 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has infected more than 5.8 million people until May 29, 2020, more than 361,000 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.