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Syrian government registers two new COVID-19 cases, raising tally to 146

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Translation: Glory Jabr
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Publication date: 2020/06/09 19:34

Syria - SMART

On Tuesday, the Syrian government's Ministry of Health registered two new COVID-19 cases in Syria.

In a statement, the ministry said that the two new cases are from the town of Ras al-Maarra in Rif Dimashq, bringing the total of cases to 146 cases, with 62 recoveries and six deaths.

On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government registered the first COVID-19 case in its controlled areas and gradually, the number increased to reach 146 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 7 million people until June 8, 2020, more than 402,000 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.