COVID-19 cases on rise in Syria

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-20 20:35:53|Editor: huaxia

DAMASCUS, July 20 (Xinhua) -- New COVID-19 cases have been recorded in government-controlled areas and opposition areas, state news agency SANA and activists reported on Monday.

Some 26 new cases were reported in government-controlled areas in addition to four new deaths and 10 recoveries.

With the update, a total of 522 cases have been reported in government-controlled areas, including 154 recoveries and 29 deaths.

Also, 18 cases have so far been reported in rebel-held areas in Idlib Province and the countryside of Aleppo in northern Syria, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The UK-based watchdog group said doctors were among the infected in Idlib and Aleppo.

The new toll in opposition and government-controlled areas does not include six cases that have been recently recorded in the Kurdish-controlled areas in northeastern Syria.

The Syrian government has taken several measures to prevent the spread of the virus such as a curfew and shutdown of businesses.

However, with the tough economic situation and the new sanctions imposed on the country, the government eased the measures while urging people to adhere to safety measures.

China has offered help to Syria to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 15, China delivered the first batch of medical aid, including 2,016 COVID-19 test kits, to Syria. Syria received in June another two batches of medical supplies donated by China, including test kits, protective suits, masks, goggles, and infrared thermometers. Enditem