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

Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/07/03 08:58

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 1,885 conducted tests showed negative, confirming that there have been no COVID-19 cases in Northwestern Syria so far.


Doctor Muhammad Jasem, EWARN’s director, reported to SMART that the total number of tests reached 1,885, while the EWARN has conducted 1,941 tests to detect the virus so far and all results showed negative. Dr. Jasem noted that they conduct tests to suspected cases in order to ensure negative results and the safety of samples.

Dr. Jasem called the residents of Northwestern Syria to take all precautionary measures of sterilization and social distancing, warning of the risks of neglecting. Dr. Jasem stated that the number of infected people has increased in Syrian government-controlled areas, stressing that the high temperatures does not contribute to the spread of the virus.

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 areas, the Health Ministry said that the total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 312 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 312 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.