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Syrian Arab Republic: COVID-19 Update No. 03 - 25 March 2020

This report is produced by OCHA Syria in collaboration with WHO Syria and Damascus-based humanitarian partners. The
next report will be issued on or around 28 March 2020.

• Number of cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the Ministry of Health: 5
• Areas of concern: Densely populated areas, notably Damascus/Rural Damascus and areas where hostilities are
ongoing making sample collection more challenging.
• Populations of concern: All groups are susceptible to the virus. However, the elderly (those 60 years and above) and
people with underlying health conditions are particularly at risk; as are vulnerable refugee and IDP populations
including in northeast and northwest Syria, including in collective shelters, informal settlements and camps.
Healthcare workers with inadequate personal and protective equipment (PPE) are also at risk.

The situation remains highly fluid. However, at the time of writing, 194 countries, areas and territories had reported 413,467
laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 18,433 deaths (CFR=4.4 per cent). Italy represents the most deaths in
one country to date (6,820). In the Eastern Mediterranean Region, more than 29,359 COVID-19 cases have been reported,
including 2,005 deaths, the vast majority occurring in Iran. In Syria, one case – a traveler who was reported as being tested
on arrival – was reported on 22 March as testing positive for COVID-19. On 25 March, the Ministry of Health announced a
further four cases, making the total number five.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
World Health Organization
Original Publication Date: 
25 Mar 2020
Document type: 
Situation Report