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Syria: Assad regime confirms 1st coronavirus case

Person infected with virus came from abroad, says regime's health minister

Havva Kara Aydın   | 22.03.2020
Syria: Assad regime confirms 1st coronavirus case


The Assad regime registered the first coronavirus case in Syria, regime’s health minister said on Sunday.

The person infected with the virus had come from abroad, Nizar Yazigi was cited as saying by Syria’s official news agency SANA.

"Appropriate measures have been taken to deal with the case," Nizar Yazigi said.

COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan, China last December, and has spread to at least 169 countries and regions, according to data compiled by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

Out of more than 329,000 confirmed cases, the death toll now nears 14,500, while over 95,600 have recovered.

Despite the rising number of cases, a vast majority of people infected suffer only mild symptoms and recover.

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