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Syrian government registers six new COVID-19 cases, raising tally to 164

Editing: Radwan Al-Homsi Malek Al Haddad |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/06/12 09:23

Rif Dimashq - SMART

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

In a statement, the ministry said that the six new cases are from the town of Ras al-Maarra in Rif Dimashq, bringing the total of cases to 164 cases, with 68 recoveries and six deaths.

On June 7, 2020, the Syrian government has locked down Ras al-Maarra after registering 16 COVID-19 cases who got infected as a result of contacting a truck driver who works on the Jordan-Syrian highway.   

On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government registered the first COVID-19 case in its controlled areas and gradually, the number increased to reach 164 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 7.5 million people until June 12, 2020, more than 421,000 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.