Syrian government announces new death due to COVID-19 in Aleppo city
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On Saturday, the Syrian government’s Health Ministry registered one new death due to COVID-19 in the city of Aleppo, Northern Syria.
The Health Ministry stated that it registered one death of a 70-year-old man in the Aleppo University Hospital, raising the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 to nine cases. The statement also included that the total number of cases reached 256 with 102 recoveries.
The ministry clarified that the man was receiving treatment in the hospital, as he suffered from a heart disease and diabetes, mentioning that medical staff started isolating people who contacted the man to conduct needed tests and take precautionary procedures.
On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government registered the first COVID-19 case in its controlled areas and gradually, the number increased to reach 254 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 9.6 million people until June 26, 2020, more than 490,000 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.