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11 people get infected with COVID-19 in Daraa governorate

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Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Glory Jabr
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Publication date: 2020/06/03 13:02

Daraa - SMART

Eleven people got infected with COVID-19 in the Syrian government-controlled governorate of Daraa, Southern Syria.

On Wednesday, a medical source, who preferred to remain anonymous for security reasons, reported to SMART that 11 people have been infected with COVID-19 in the Daraa governorate, after contacting a relative who got infected days ago. The Syrian government did not announce these infections, and took strict security measures.

The source stated that the infected cases entered the quarantine center in the hospital in the city of Izraa, north of Daraa. The source noted that all the infected people are among those who came from Kuwait and the UAE, adding that they had been quarantined in Damascus, but that their new COVID-19 tests were positive.

The source said that the Syrian Ministry of Health has not yet announced the 11 infected cases in the Izraa center, 27 kilometers north of Daraa and 70 kilometers south of Damascus. According to the official statement, Daraa governorate has recorded one infected case of COVID-19 until Wednesday, and the case recovered about a month ago.

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 6.3 million people until June 3, 2020, about 380,000 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.