On Sunday, Damascus recorded the first case with the new corona virus, according to what the Syrian Ministry of Health announced, in conjunction with the authorities taking strict preventive measures in the last week to avoid its spread.
Minister of Health Nizar Yazji said in a statement to the Syrian official television, “The first infection of the Corona virus in Syria was recorded for a person coming from outside the country,” who is about twenty years of age, explaining that “necessary measures have been taken to deal with it.”
During the past two weeks, the Syrian government has taken a series of measures that it described as a precaution against the virus, which included the closure of schools and universities, public parks, cafes, restaurants, theaters, cinemas, wedding halls, gyms, markets and places of worship.
The decision to close included official institutions and reduced the number of employees in them.
Also in the context of the measures, Damascus announced on Sunday stopping all public and private mass transportation within the cities and mass transportation between the Syrian governorates starting next Tuesday.
Also, the date for the legislative elections that were scheduled for next month was postponed and all sports activities were suspended.
The denial by the Syrian authorities of the presence of cases on its soil raised suspicions, especially on social media, especially with the registration of countries neighboring Syria, such as Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey, infections and even deaths.
The possibility of an outbreak of the virus in Syria, after nine years of devastating war that drained all sectors, raises great concern, especially in areas outside the control of government forces, in Idlib (northwest) and the areas of Kurdish forces’ control (northeast).
The two regions include a large number of camps crowded with the displaced, who live in poor humanitarian conditions and do not have the most basic services of clean water and sanitation networks.