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Syrian government registers 12 new COVID-19 cases of students coming from Lebanon

Editing: Radwan Al-Homsi |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/06/23 14:02

Damascus - SMART

On Tuesday, the Syrian government's Ministry of Health announced registering 12 new COVID-19 cases.


In a statement, the ministry said that it registered 12 new COVID-19 cases of Syrian students coming from Lebanon to submit their baccalaureate and preparatory exams. 123 students who came from Lebanon were tested and put in quarantine when they entered the border.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Syrian government Health Ministry announced the recovery of three COVID-19 cases, raising the tally of recoveries to 86 cases.

The Health Ministry clarified that the total of COVID-19 cases in the Syrian government-controlled areas reached 219 cases, with 86 recoveries and seven 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 219 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 8.8 million people until June 21, 2020, more than 464,000 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.