Syria publicizes first case of novel coronavirus

A member of the Syrian Civil Defence often known as the “White Helmets” disinfects a hospital room, as a part of preventive measures taken in opposition to infections by the novel coronavirus, within the Syrian city of Dana, east of the Turkish-Syrian border within the northwestern Idlib province, on March 22, 2020. – Unlike Syria, its 5 neighbours, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, have all reported circumstances of coronavirus.<br />The rebel-held and densely-populated province of Idlib in northwest Syria, besieged by authorities forces and going through extreme shortages of medical provides and amenities, would undergo essentially the most from an outbreak. (Photo by AAREF WATAD / AFP)

Health Minister Nizar Yaziji late Sunday stated authorities had recorded “a first case of the coronavirus in Syria in a person coming from abroad,” with out specifying the nation.

“The appropriate measures have been taken to deal with” the feminine affected person aged round 20, state information company SANA reported him as telling journalists.

The Damascus authorities have over the previous week more and more taken measures to forestall a selection of the lethal virus.

They have ordered colleges, universities, eating places, cinemas and occasions halls to shut, and suspended prayer gatherings.

They have additionally stopped work or downsized workers in authorities establishments, and transport between provinces is to return to a halt from Tuesday.

Last week, Damascus postponed parliamentary polls scheduled for subsequent month till additional discover.

After 9 years of a warfare that has killed greater than 380,000 folks and ravaged the nation’s infrastructure, fears are excessive {that a} COVID-19 outbreak within the nation would have devastating penalties, particularly in areas exterior regime management.

These embody the final main insurgent bastion of Idlib within the northwest, and the Kurdish-held northeast.

A World Health Organization spokesman earlier this month warned that Syria’s “fragile health systems may not have the capacity to detect and respond” to what’s now a pandemic.

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