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Syria's northwest records 32 new coronavirus cases

Local | 2020-09-20 10:33:00
 Syria's northwest records 32 new coronavirus cases

Syria's northwest has more than 32 coronavirus cases, the Epidemiological Surveillance Laboratory on Saturday, taking the total of infections to 496 in the last stronghold for the Syrian opposition.

Reports from inside Syria are pointing to a much broader spread of COVID-19 than the number of confirmed cases – currently 3,731 – suggests, the UN’s top humanitarian official says. 

The civil war in Syria has been overshadowed as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and its grim economic and social ramifications.

In northwest Syria, where 45 per cent of households depend on day labour for their income, more than 70 per cent of households reported that their income is not enough to cover their needs – a 10 per cent jump since January, The U.N. reported. 

The distribution of medical supplies from the last World Health Organization (WHO) overland shipment to reach north-east Syria in July is still ongoing.  Recipients so far include 17 hospitals, including 12 previously supplied through the cross-border mechanism. 

Zaman Al Wasl
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