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Syrian government registers 14 new COVID-19 cases, raising tally to 293

Editing: Hosam Saleem |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/07/01 15:51

Damascus - SMART

On Wednesday, the Syrian government's Ministry of Health registered 14 new COVID-19 cases.

In a statement, the ministry said that it registered 14 new COVID-19 cases, without specifying the areas in which the cases were registered, raising the total of cases to 293.

On June 29, 2020, a medical source from the National Hospital in Hama reported to SMART that six new COVID-19 cases were registered, including the head of the Hama Syndicate of Pharmacists. The wife of the head of the Hama Syndicate of Pharmacists criticized the situation they are suffering from in the quarantine center at the National Hospital in the Syrian government forces-controlled city of Hama.

On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government registered the first COVID-19 case in its controlled areas and gradually, the number increased to reach 293 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 10.5 million people until July 1, 2020, more than 512,000 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.