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EWARN announces three suspected COVID-19 cases in Northwestern Syria

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Publication date: 2020/06/02 11:25

Idlib - SMART

On Tuesday, the Assistance Coordination Unit’s Early Warning Alert and Response Network (EWARN), supported by the World Health Organization announced three suspected COVID-19 cases in Northwestern Syria. 

On social media, the EWARN said that it registered three new suspected COVID-19 cases that are waiting for their tests' results.

The EWARN added that the number of suspected cases in Northwestern Syria has reached 791 until June 2, 2020, while 817 tests have been conducted so far. 

On May 21, 2020, the EWARN announced 11 suspected COVID-19 cases, on May 18 it announced 18 suspected cases, while on May 19 it announced eight suspected cases in Northwestern Syria. Tests for the cases were conducted and all results showed negative.

On June 1, 2020, Maram al-Sheikh, the Health Minister of the Syrian Interim Government, said that the tests to detect coronavirus will be conducted in medical centers that the ministry is establishing in the city of Azaz, 43 kilometers north of the city of Hama, Northern Syria.

On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government registered the first COVID-19 case in its controlled areas and gradually the number increased to reach 123 cases, except for unannounced 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 6.2 million people until June 2, 2020, more than 375,000 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.