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COVID-19 Response Update No.03

HIGHLIGHTS                                                                  

  • The Syrian Ministry of Health (MoH) confirmed 47 people with COVID-19, including three people who died and 29 who recovered, as of 10 May.
  • As of 10 May, six people with COVID-19 were reported in north-east Syria (NES), including one death. Lack of a common reporting approach creates challenges in verifying/triangulating information on reported/suspected cases.  
  • In north-west Syria (NWS), no laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported as of 10 May.
  • COVID-19 testing has now commenced at laboratories in Aleppo and Lattakia governorates.
  • Areas of concern: Densely populated areas, notably Damascus/Rural Damascus, Aleppo and Homs, and those living in camps and informal settlements in NES and NWS, as well as collective shelters throughout the country
  • As of 11 May, WHO managed to deliver a 30-ton medical shipment by road to Al Qamishli in NES as a part of its response to the emergency health needs, including COVID-19, The delivered supplies contained ICU beds, ventilators, X-Rays machines and other vital medical equipment needed for case management
  • The enhancement of laboratory and case investigation capacity across Syria, including training of laboratory technicians and rapid response teams (RRTs) remains a priority, as does the timely communication of all information relevant to the safeguarding of public health.
  • Ministry of Health in collaboration with WHO has expanded laboratory capacities to Homs, Aleppo and Latakia.
  • Preparedness and response efforts continue in NWS, with a focus on intensifying strategic communication/ community engagement efforts to make people aware on patient streaming pathways/COVID-19 service delivery points via community-based isolation centers and COVID-19 hospitals. 
Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
World Health Organization
Cluster(s)/Sector(s): 
Original Publication Date: 
13 May 2020
Document type: 
Situation Report
Disaster(s)/Emergency: 
Syria: Crisis 2011-2020