Coronavirus: Syria, government intensifies measures, no case

Nuncio says if it hits Syria it will be a catastrophe

19 March, 15:59

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, MARCH 19 - The Syrian government is intensifying measures to face the coronavirus pandemic, while the health ministry in Damascus continues to assert that there are currently no cases of COVID-19 in the country. All parks, public places, cafes and restaurants are closed, said state news agency SANA.

    The interior ministry and the civil registry have suspended issuing permits and administrative certificates to individuals and companies. The health ministry said it made a deal with a health products manufacturing company to urgently make 10,000 face masks per day. It said it has set up various quarantine centres in cities around the country.

    Twenty-seven Syrians who arrived from the Chinese region of Wuhan, the first hotbed of COVID-19, have been isolated in the central Syrian town of Duwayr, near Homs.

    The apostolic nuncio in Syria, Cardinal Mario Zenari, said that if the coronavirus were to hit Syria, it would be a catastrophe. An interview with Zenari in recent days by the Italian news agency Religious Information Service (SIR) was published on Thursday morning by Syrian media.

    Zenari recalled what the World Health Organization (WHO) said at the end of 2018 regarding the Syrian health system: just over half of Syrian hospitals are closed or only partially operational, with 46% operating normally.(ANSAmed).

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