Coronavirus: curfew imposed in Syrian NE

No recorded cases in area but disinfection underway

24 March, 16:53

    BEIRUT - A curfew has gone into force in the northeastern part of Syria under the control of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

    The measure is an attempt to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Reports were from local media and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which noted that the cities of Qamishli, Hasake, Derbasiye, Amuda and Ayn Arab/Kobane were mostly deserted on Tuesday morning. Local media meanwhile reported that healthcare workers from the various municipalities of the region - which for years has been under de facto autonomous control and not under the Damascus government - are disinfecting public places, markets, schools and hospitals. There have not officially been any cases of COVID-19 recorded in the area but the healthcare system is unable to do any sort of systematic testing to see if there are any.

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