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Syrian Arab Republic: COVID-19 Update No. 04 - 2 April 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 9 April 2020.


Number of people confirmed by the Ministry of Health to have COVID-19: 16 (including two fatalities)

Areas of concern: Densely populated areas, notably Damascus/Rural Damascus and those living in camps, collective shelters and informal settlements in northeast Syria (NES), as well as areas where hostilities may be 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 and healthcare workers with inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE).


The global situation remains highly fluid. However, at the time of writing, 205 countries, areas and territories had reported 932,605 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 46,809 deaths (CFR=5 per cent). While the United States has the most confirmed cases globally (213,372), Italy represents the most deaths to date (13,155). In the Eastern Mediterranean Region, more than 57,474 COVID-19 cases have been reported, including 3,260 deaths, the vast majority occurring in Iran.

In Syria, sixteen cases have been reported to date. The first – a traveler reported as tested on arrival – was announced on 22 March as having tested positive for COVID-19. On 25 March, the Ministry of Health announced a further four cases; followed by another five, including one fatality on 29 March. One further fatality was reported on 30 March, in addition to six cases on 2 April.

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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
World Health Organization
Original Publication Date: 
02 Apr 2020
Document type: 
Situation Report