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EWARN says that all tests’ results to detect coronavirus in Northwestern Syria showed negative so far

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Editing: حازم حلاق |
Translation: نهى سالطي

Idlib - SMART

The Assistance Coordination Unit’s Early Warning Alert and Response Network (EWARN), supported by the World Health Organization said that the results of 1,753 conducted tests showed negative so far, confirming that there are no COVID-19 cases in Northwestern Syria.

Doctor Muhammad Jasem, EWARN’s director, reported to SMART that the total number of test reached 1,753 until Tuesday, while the EWARN conducted 1,779 tests to detect the virus and all results showed negative.

Dr. Jasem added that all suspected cases had shown symptoms similar to symptom list circulated by the WHO, including chest pain and fever.

On June 9, 2020, the Syrian American Medical Society Foundation opened a new hospital in the city of Idlib, Northern Syria, to receive and quarantine COVID-19 patients, in addition to conducting needed tests.

In the Syrian government-controlled area, the Health Ministry said that the total number of COVID-19 cases reached 269 so far.

On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government registered the first COVID-19 case in its controlled areas and gradually, the number increased to reach 269 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.