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Syria confirms first coronavirus case

Damascus, March 23, 2020

Syrian Government confirmed its first case of the coronavirus on Sunday. Health Minister Nizar al-Yaziji told state media “necessary measures” had been taken regarding the 20-year-old woman, who he said would be quarantined for 14 days and given medical checks.

There had been unconfirmed reports in recent weeks of coronavirus cases in Syria.

Damascus announced a ban on public transport on Sunday as it stepped up a lockdown introduced in recent days, including the closure of schools, parks, restaurants and various public institutions.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a prisoner amnesty on Sunday, according to state media, which said it was a move to relieve congestion that risked the spread of the virus.

 

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