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Situation Report #21: Recent Developments in Northwest Syria (as of 20 October 2020)

COVID-19 situation in northwest Syria

  1. Twenty-fold increase in confirmed cases since the last situation report.
  2. 1,476 cases in Idleb area, 1,389 cases in northern Aleppo governorate.
  3. Three testing labs (two new).
  4. 19 CCTCs (715 beds) and eight hospitals (645 beds, 114 ICU beds and 86 ventilators).
  5. More than 13% of cases are medical health workers; 7.5% other workers in health sector.

IDP sites and winterisation

  1. Some 2.8 million people in need in northwest Syria.
  2. Nearly 1.5 million people live in 1,160 camps/sites in northwest Syria (79% women and children).
  3. Economic crisis is inhibiting individuals’ independent access to vital supplies.
  4. Guidance Note on Winterisation for northwest Syria has been updated.
  5. Additional US$10 million needed to support winterisation for some 252,000 IDPs.
Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
20 Oct 2020
Document type: 
Situation Report
Coordination hub(s): 
Syria: Crisis 2011-2020