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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Nigeria - Syria

23 Jul 2020

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Binish, Idleb Governorate, Syria, April 2020. Credit: OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 23 July 2020

Nigeria: Humanitarian Coordinator condemns the killing of aid workers in Borno State

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has condemned the gruesome killing of four aid workers and a security guard, by non-State armed groups, after being abducted last month while travelling on a main route connecting the northern town of Monguno with Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

At a time when humanitarian needs have reached unprecedented levels, aid workers and the assistance they provide to the most vulnerable populations make the difference between life and death for entire communities. Nearly 8 million people were in need of urgent life-saving assistance in north-east Nigeria at the beginning of the year. Today, 10.6 million people need urgent support as conflict-affected states battle the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mr. Kallon implored all armed parties to step up to their responsibilities and stop targeting aid workers and civilians.

 

Syria: COVID-19 update and response

The UN remains concerned about the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases across Syria.

The Syrian Ministry of Health has announced 561 COVID-19 cases, including 165 recoveries and 32 deaths as of yesterday. Twenty-two laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in north-west Syria. Additionally, 10 cases have now been reported in the north-east, including 1 death.

While COVID-19 cases across Syria remain relatively low, the level of testing is extremely limited. There have been around 10,000 tests conducted from Damascus, less than 3,000 tests conducted in north-west Syria, and only 200 tests conducted in north-east Syria.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is leading UN preparedness and mitigation measures across Syria, including in the north-west and in the north-east.