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Syrian Arab Republic: Within Syria COVID-19 Response Dashboard Apr to July 2020 - 13 Sep 2020 [EN]

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases within Syria has steadily increased throughout August and into September. Between 22 March, when the first case was reported, and 12 September, the Government of Syria (GoS) announced 3,506 cases, including 827 recoveries and 152 deaths. More than 1,600 cases were recorded during August alone. While cases appear to have slightly decreased in recent weeks, the humanitarian community remains concerned that given Syria’s limited testing capacity, it is likely that actual cases far exceed those officially recorded. While GoS precautionary measures have been eased, overall compliance remains extremely low with a lack of adherence to individual preventive measures observed in many communities. Given this, the response is now focusing on the following priorities: strengthening surveillance capacity; increasing the number of tests conducted daily to more than 3,000; enhancing risk communication and community engagement efforts, including through a behavioural survey; and reinforcing infection prevention and control measures, including adherence to rational and proper usage of personal protective equipment (PPE), particularly among healthcare workers and at points of entry. In the meantime, COVID-19 continues to exact a toll on the Syrian people having contributed to a major loss of livelihoods as well as remittances, all amplified by the ongoing financial crisis in Lebanon, particularly in view of the Syrian diaspora in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Significant funding gaps remain for the within Syria COVID-19 response, including US $29 million required to expand testing capacity through the establishment of additional laboratories and regular supply of testing kits, reagents and other laboratory supplies.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
15 Sep 2020
Map/Infographic Type: 
Humanitarian Update
Syria: Crisis 2011-2021