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Syrian government registers nine new COVID-19 cases

Editing: Kaled Abdul-hamid |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/06/18 09:31

Turkey - SMART

On Thursday, the Syrian government's Ministry of Health announced registering nine new COVID-19 cases in Syria.

In a statement, the ministry said that all new cases got infected after contacting a woman who died from COVID-19 on June 17, 2020, in the Quneitra governorate, Southern Syria, bringing the total of cases in Syria to 187, with 78 recoveries and 7 deaths.

The ministry added that the new infected cases were put in quarantine in  the Qatana Hospital.

On Wednesday, the Syrian government's Ministry of Health announced registering a new death from COVID-19 in 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 187 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 8.1 million people until June 17, 2020, more than 444,000 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.