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Syrian government announces 10 new COVID-19 cases and imposes lockdown on building in Rif Dimashq

Editing: Hosam Saleem |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/07/04 16:49

Damascus - SMART

On Saturday, the Health Ministry of the Syrian government announced 10 new COVID-19 cases, raising tally of announced cases to 338.  

The Health Ministry stated that COVID-19 cases reached 338 after registering 10 new cases for people who contacted infected cases, without determining their location. The ministry added that number of deaths due to COVID-19 reached 10 cases, while 123 cases recovered.

Local sources in Rif Dimashq, Southern Syria, said that the Syrian government imposed a lockdown on a building in the Dahiat al-Assad area after they suspected a COVID-19 case among the building’s residents.  

On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government registered the first COVID-19 case in its controlled areas and gradually, the number increased to reach 338 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 11.1 million people until July 4, 2020, about 526,000 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.