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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Syria

05 Aug 2020

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Idleb Hospital in Idleb Governorate, Syria, 4 April 2020. Credit: OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 5 August 2020

Syria: COVID-19 update and response

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

As of 4 August, the Syrian Ministry of Health confirmed that 892 people have tested positive, including 46 deaths.

In north-west Syria, 38 cases have been confirmed, with no deaths reported. In north-east Syria, 34 cases have been reported, including 1 death.

Precautions against a potential spread of the virus have been scaled up in the past months. From Damascus, this includes the establishment of capacity in 125 hospitals to provide active surveillance, as well as 18 isolation centres and 111 rapid response teams.

In north-west Syria, some 159 hospitals and primary health centres have been equipped with COVID-19 triage systems, and 4 community-based treatment centres have been operationalized to treat patients with mild to moderate cases.

The level of testing remains extremely limited throughout Syria. Capacity for testing throughout the country remains around 350 tests per day, and there have been around 16,000 tests conducted in total.

As part of its COVID-19 support, the UN Syria Humanitarian Fund has commenced disbursement of US$23 million for 32 approved project in the health, water, sanitation and hygiene, protection, food and logistics sectors, while the Syria Cross-Border Humanitarian Fund will allocate an additional $6 million to procure essential personal protective equipment to support the continuation of non-health and health frontline activities. 

WHO is leading UN preparedness and mitigation measures across Syria, including in the north-west and in the north-east.