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Hama National Hospital receives four new COVID-19 cases

Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/06/28 16:51

Hama - SMART

On Sunday, the Hama National Hospital received four new COVID-19 cases in the Syrian government forces-controlled city of Hama, Central Syria.

A medical source from the Hama National Hospital reported to SMART that they registered four new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of quarantined cases in the hospital to 40 cases. The source mentioned that one case receives treatment in the intense care unit.

The source added that a whole family, suspected to be infected with coronavirus, were transferred to a quarantine in the city, after the father showed symptoms of COVID-19.

The source also said that a doctor in the hospital was infected with the virus due to contacting infected cases and due to poor health conditions in the hospital.

On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government registered the first COVID-19 case in its controlled areas and gradually, the number increased to reach 256 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 10 million people until June 28, 2020, more than 500,000 of them died, and about five million recovered, 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.