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Syrian Arab Republic: COVID-19 Update No. 05 - 10 April 2020


• Number of people confirmed by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to have COVID-19: 19 (including two fatalities, four recovered)
• 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 other areas including Deir-Ez-Zor, and 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, 1,479,168 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 87,987 deaths (CFR=5.8 per cent) had been reported globally. While the United States has the most confirmed cases globally (425,889), Italy represents the most deaths to date (17,699). In the Eastern Mediterranean Region, more than 87,882 COVID-19 cases have been reported, including 4,583 deaths, 90 per cent of which occurred in Iran.
In Syria, 19 laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported to date. The first positive case was announced on 22 March, with the first fatality reported on 29 March. One further fatality was reported on 30 March. The most recent cases were announced by the MoH on 5 April. The MoH has also announced four recoveries to date.
As of 8 April, according to the MoH, around 950 tests have been conducted by the Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL) in Damascus, including 17 from Deir-Ez-Zor and ten from Al-Hasakeh governorates. It remains a priority to enhance laboratory and case investigation capacity across Syria, including training of laboratory technicians and rapid response teams (RRTs).

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