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Six people get infected with COVID-19 in Hama

Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/06/29 14:00

Hama - SMART

On Monday, six people, including a medical official of the Syrian government, got infected with COVID-19 in the Syrian government-controlled city of Hama, Central Syria.

A medical source from the National Hospital in Hama reported to SMART that six new COVID-19 cases were registered, including the chief of pharmacists in Hama. The source stated that the people of the al-Sabonya neighborhood in the city are afraid as the chief got infected after contacting dozens of pharmacists while he was in his pharmacy.

The source added that the new cases were put in quarantine in the hospital, noting that the hospital administration receives dozens of infected people and cannot annonce them. The source said that the chief had a conversation with his colleagues via WhatsApp about the seriousness of the disease, recommending them to be careful.

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 10.1 million people until June 29, 2020, more than 502,000 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.