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Syrian government registers 11 new COVID-19 cases

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Editing: Radwan Al-Homsi |
Translation: Glory Jabr
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Publication date: 2020/06/25 12:32

Damascus - SMART

On Thursday, the Syrian government's Ministry of Health announced registering 11 new COVID-19 cases.

In a statement, the ministry said that it registered 11 new COVID-19 cases, including two doctors at the Al-Mouasat University Hospital in Damascus, raising the total of cases to 242.

The ministry added that those new cases were registered without specifying their location and health condition. The ministry noted that it registered two recoveries, bringing the total of recoveries to 96.

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 242 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 9.2 million people until June 23, 2020, more than 477,000 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.