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Syrian Interim Government’s Health Minister says that results of all tests to detect coronavirus in Northwestern Syria are negative

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Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/06/05 11:46

Aleppo - SMART

The Syrian Interim Government’s Health Minister, Maram al-Sheikh, confirmed that there are no COVID-19 cases in Northwestern Syria so far.

On Friday, al-Sheikh reported to SMART that the results of all conducted tests to detect coronavirus in Northwestern Syria showed negative, adding that the tests are conducted in Syria. Al-Sheikh mentioned that the Health Ministry is establishing three laboratories in Northwestern Syria.

On Thursday night, al-Sheikh tweeted announcing 11 suspected COVID-19 cases in Northwestern Syria, saying that all results showed negative until June 3, 2020.

On June 1, 2020, al-Sheikh clarified that coronavirus tests will be conducted in medical centers that the Health Ministry is establishing in the city of Azaz, 43 kilometers north of the city of Aleppo, Northern Syria. Al-Sheikh also said that the ministry will establish two other laboratories in Jarabulus and Afrin, north and east of Aleppo.  

On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government registered the first COVID-19 case in its controlled areas and gradually, the number increased to reach 124 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 6.6 million people until June 5, 2020, more than 391,000 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.