COVID-19 pandemic in Syria

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COVID-19 pandemic in Syria
Disease COVID-19
Virus strain SARS-CoV-2
First outbreak Wuhan, Hubei, China.
Arrival date22 March 2020
(1 year, 6 months, 3 weeks and 5 days)
Confirmed cases32,138 (Government reported only) 13,690 (Including Interim Government and Rojava Administration reported cases)
Active cases6,568 (20% of cases)
Recovered23,383 (73% of cases)
Deaths
2,187 (7% of cases)
Fatality rate6.80%
Territories
Аll 14 governorates (All government and non-government reports included). [1] [2] [3]
Government website
Flag of Syria.svg MINISTRY OF HEALTH COVID-19 STATISTICS

The COVID-19 pandemic in Syria is part of the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease was confirmed to have reached Syria on 22 March 2020, when the first case was confirmed of a person who came from abroad. [4]

Contents

Syria is considered especially vulnerable to the pandemic due to the ongoing civil war and dire humanitarian situation. [5] [6]

Background

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019. [7] [8]

Many people in Syria did not have confidence in the government's transparency during the pandemic, accusing it of hiding the true numbers of cases and deaths, [9] [10] [11] [12] especially in Damascus, Rif Dimashq, and Aleppo. [13] [14] [15] It has been speculated that doctors in hospitals and medical facilities were being threatened by being fired or even being arrested and detained by the government forces if they said anything about the truth of what's happening in the hospitals. [16] [17] It has also been rumoured that the Syrian state has even gone so far as to suggest terminating the lives of suspected COVID-19 patients. [18] Which led to people who are experiencing some symptoms or even being sure about being infected not telling the government nor seeking governmental or even private medical care, and quarantining themselves at home as possible out of fear. [19] Analysts reasoning with these claims highlight the example of misinformation about the government's numbers is the number of cases registered in neighboring countries of people arriving from Syria, and sometimes that number in one day is greater than those reported by the Syrian government during a certain period of time. [20] [21]

The Syrian government along with its allies claims that the ongoing civil war, combined with the economic situation in Syria and sanctions by western governments, limit the capacity in which adequate COVID-19 PCR tests can be conducted and prevent vital supplies for treating and managing the pandemic from being imported. [22] [23]

Timeline

COVID-19 cases in Syria  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
2020202020212021
MarMarAprAprMayMayJunJunJulJulAugAugSepSepOctOctNovNovDecDec
JanJan
Last 15 daysLast 15 days
Date
# of cases
# of deaths
2020-03-22
1(n.a.)
2020-03-25
5(n.a.)
2020-03-29
10(n.a.)1(n.a.)
2020-03-30
10(=)2(+100%)
2020-04-02
16(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-04-03
2020-04-04
16(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-04-05
19(+19%)2(=)
2020-04-06
2020-04-07
19(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-04-08
19(=)2(=)
2020-04-11
25(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-04-14
29(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-04-15
33(+14%)2(=)
2020-04-16
2020-04-17
38(n.a.)2(n.a.)
2020-04-18
2020-04-19
39(n.a.)3(n.a.)
2020-04-20
2020-04-21
42(n.a.)3(n.a.)
2020-04-25
42(n.a.)3(n.a.)
2020-04-26
43(+2.4%)3(=)
2020-04-27
43(=)3(=)
2020-04-28
43(=)3(=)
2020-05-01
44(n.a.)3(n.a.)
2020-05-06
45(n.a.)3(n.a.)
2020-05-07
2020-05-08
47(n.a.)3(n.a.)
2020-05-13
48(n.a.)3(n.a.)
2020-05-14
2020-05-15
50(n.a.)3(n.a.)
2020-05-16
51(+2%)3(=)
2020-05-17
58(+14%)3(=)
2020-05-22
59(n.a.)4(n.a.)
2020-05-23
70(+19%)4(=)
2020-05-24
86(+23%)4(=)
2020-05-25
106(+23%)4(=)
2020-05-26
121(+14%)4(=)
2020-05-27
121(=)4(=)
2020-05-28
122(+0.83%)4(=)
2020-05-31
122(n.a.)5(n.a.)
2020-06-01
123(+0.82%)5(=)
2020-06-02
123(=)6(+20%)
2020-06-03
123(=)6(=)
2020-06-04
124(+0.81%)6(=)
2020-06-05
2020-06-06
125(n.a.)6(n.a.)
2020-06-07
2020-06-08
144(n.a.)6(n.a.)
2020-06-09
146(+1.4%)6(=)
2020-06-10
152(+4.1%)6(=)
2020-06-11
164(+7.9%)6(=)
2020-06-12
2020-06-13
170(n.a.)6(n.a.)
2020-06-14
177(+4.1%)6(=)
2020-06-15
177(=)6(=)
2020-06-16
2020-06-17
178(n.a.)7(n.a.)
2020-06-18
187(+5.1%)7(=)
2020-06-19
2020-06-20
198(n.a.)7(n.a.)
2020-06-21
204(+3%)7(=)
2020-06-22
219(+7.4%)7(=)
2020-06-23
231(+5.5%)7(=)
2020-06-24
2020-06-25
242(n.a.)7(n.a.)
2020-06-26
255(+5.4%)8(+14%)
2020-06-27
256(+0.39%)9(+12%)
2020-06-28
2020-06-29
269(n.a.)9(n.a.)
2020-06-30
279(+3.7%)9(=)
2020-07-01
293(+5%)9(=)
2020-07-02
312(+6.5%)9(=)
2020-07-03
328(+5.1%)10(+11%)
2020-07-04
338(+3%)10(=)
2020-07-05
358(+5.9%)13(+30%)
2020-07-06
372(+3.9%)14(+7.7%)
2020-07-10
394(n.a.)16(n.a.)
2020-07-13
417(n.a.)19(n.a.)
2020-07-14
439(+5.3%)21(+11%)
2020-07-15
458(+4.3%)22(+4.8%)
2020-07-16
477(+4.1%)22(=)
2020-07-17
496(+4%)25(+14%)
2020-07-20
522(n.a.)29(n.a.)
2020-07-21
540(+3.4%)31(+6.9%)
2020-07-22
561(+3.9%)32(+3.2%)
2020-07-23
584(+4.1%)35(+9.4%)
2020-07-24
608(+4.1%)35(=)
2020-07-25
627(+3.1%)36(+2.9%)
2020-07-26
650(+3.7%)38(+5.6%)
2020-07-27
674(+3.7%)40(+5.3%)
2020-07-28
694(+3%)40(=)
2020-07-29
717(+3.3%)40(=)
2020-07-30
738(+2.9%)41(+2.5%)
2020-07-31
757(+2.6%)43(+4.9%)
2020-08-01
780(+3%)43(=)
2020-08-02
809(+3.7%)44(+2.3%)
2020-08-03
847(+4.7%)46(+4.5%)
2020-08-04
892(+5.3%)46(=)
2020-08-05
944(+5.8%)48(+4.3%)
2020-08-06
999(+5.8%)48(=)
2020-08-07
1,060(+6.1%)48(=)
2020-08-08
1,125(+6.1%)50(+4.2%)
2020-08-09
1,188(+5.6%)52(+4%)
2020-08-10
1,255(+5.6%)52(=)
2020-08-11
1,327(+5.7%)53(+1.9%)
2020-08-12
2020-08-13
1,432(n.a.)55(n.a.)
2020-08-14
1,515(+5.8%)58(+5.5%)
2020-08-15
1,593(+5.1%)60(+3.4%)
2020-08-16
1,677(+5.3%)64(+6.7%)
2020-08-17
1,764(+5.2%)68(+6.2%)
2020-08-18
1,844(+4.5%)73(+7.4%)
2020-08-19
1,927(+4.5%)78(+6.8%)
2020-08-20
2,008(+4.2%)82(+5.1%)
2020-08-21
2,073(+3.2%)83(+1.2%)
2020-08-22
2,143(+3.4%)85(+2.4%)
2020-08-23
2,217(+3.5%)89(+4.7%)
2020-08-24
2,293(+3.4%)92(+3.4%)
2020-08-25
2,365(+3.1%)95(+3.3%)
2020-08-26
2,440(+3.2%)98(+3.2%)
2020-08-27
2,504(+2.6%)100(+2%)
2020-08-28
2,563(+2.4%)103(+3%)
2020-08-29
2,628(+2.5%)106(+2.9%)
2020-08-30
2,703(+2.9%)109(+2.8%)
2020-08-31
2,765(+2.3%)112(+2.8%)
2020-09-01
2,830(+2.4%)116(+3.6%)
2020-09-02
2,898(+2.4%)120(+3.4%)
2020-09-03
2,973(+2.6%)124(+3.3%)
2020-09-04
3,041(+2.3%)127(+2.4%)
2020-09-05
3,104(+2.1%)130(+2.4%)
2020-09-06
3,171(+2.2%)134(+3.1%)
2020-09-07
3,229(+1.8%)137(+2.2%)
2020-09-08
3,289(+1.9%)140(+2.2%)
2020-09-09
3,351(+1.9%)143(+2.1%)
2020-09-10
3,416(+1.9%)147(+2.8%)
2020-09-11
3,476(+1.8%)150(+2%)
2020-09-12
3,506(+0.86%)152(+1.3%)
2020-09-13
3,540(+0.97%)155(+2%)
2020-09-14
3,576(+1%)157(+1.3%)
2020-09-15
3,614(+1.1%)160(+1.9%)
2020-09-16
3,654(+1.1%)163(+1.9%)
2020-09-17
3,691(+1%)165(+1.2%)
2020-09-18
3,731(+1.1%)168(+1.8%)
2020-09-19
3,765(+0.91%)170(+1.2%)
2020-09-20
3,800(+0.93%)172(+1.2%)
2020-09-21
3,833(+0.87%)175(+1.7%)
2020-09-22
3,877(+1.1%)178(+1.7%)
2020-09-23
3,924(+1.2%)181(+1.7%)
2020-09-24
3,966(+1.1%)183(+1.1%)
2020-09-25
4,001(+0.88%)185(+1.1%)
2020-09-26
4,038(+0.92%)188(+1.6%)
2020-09-27
4,072(+0.84%)192(+2.1%)
2020-09-28
4,102(+0.74%)194(+1%)
2020-09-29
4,148(+1.1%)197(+1.5%)
2020-09-30
4,200(+1.3%)200(+1.5%)
2020-10-01
4,247(+1.1%)202(+1%)
2020-10-02
4,289(+0.99%)203(+0.5%)
2020-10-03
4,329(+0.93%)204(+0.49%)
2020-10-04
4,366(+0.85%)205(+0.49%)
2020-10-05
4,411(+1%)207(+0.98%)
2020-10-06
4,457(+1%)209(+0.97%)
2020-10-07
4,504(+1.1%)212(+1.4%)
2020-10-08
4,566(+1.4%)215(+1.4%)
2020-10-09
4,616(+1.1%)218(+1.4%)
2020-10-10
4,673(+1.2%)221(+1.4%)
2020-10-11
4,718(+0.96%)224(+1.4%)
2020-10-12
4,774(+1.2%)228(+1.8%)
2020-10-13
4,826(+1.1%)231(+1.3%)
2020-10-14
4,883(+1.2%)234(+1.3%)
2020-10-15
4,931(+0.98%)238(+1.7%)
2021-01-01
11,434(n.a.)711(n.a.)
2021-01-02
11,526(+0.8%)717(+0.84%)
Data sourced from:

March 2020

2 March: The government of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, ordered the complete closure of the Semalka Border Crossing at the Iraq–Syria border into the Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria until further notice as "a precautionary measure to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus to the areas of autonomous administration of North and East Syria, excluding emergency cases". [24]

10 March: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that there have been outbreaks of COVID-19 in Tartus, Damascus, Homs and Latakia provinces. According to the UK-based monitor's sources, a strict gag order has been issued to forbid medical personnel from discussing the issue. [25]

11 March: A health official from the Jazira Region in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria said that there are no documented cases of COVID-19 in the province. Kurdistan TV reported from Qamishli, the largest Kurdish city in Syria, stating that 1% of the population in the city are wearing protective masks, as pharmacies and medical equipment sales centers were running low on the supply of masks. Furthermore, by 11 March, four suspected cases of COVID-19 had been reported to the Syrian Health Authority, which contacted the World Health Organization. The tests came back as negative. [26]

13 March:

14 March:

15 March: The Cabinet tasked the Industry Ministry with instructing private sector factories that produce cleaning and sanitization products to work at maximum capacity with no less than three shifts to ensure their availability. The Ministries were instructed to implement the decision to reduce working hours and to provide the necessary cleaning and sanitization products at work places. The Cabinet also decided to cancel the export of all the medical requirements and equipment for diagnosis and quarantine centers. [32]

19 March: The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria imposed a curfew starting from 23 March at 06:00 am and prohibited movement among the subregions of northeastern Syria, as well as among the major cities within each region starting from 21 March at 06:00. Restaurants, cafes, commercial centers, bazaars, public parks, private medical clinics, wedding halls and mourning tents are to be closed while hospitals, public and private health centers, international organizations, the Red Cross and Crescent, pharmacies, sterilization committees, cleaners, bakeries, food stores, food and baby milk trucks and fuel tanks were excluded from the ban. [33]

20 March: Damascus Governorate and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent began disinfection of Yusuf al-Azma Square and other areas of Damascus. [34]

21 March:

22 March:

23 March: The Ministry of Press decided to suspend the publication of printed newspapers until further notice. [39]

24 March: The Ministry of Interior declared a curfew from 6 pm to 6 am, effective starting next day (Wednesday, 25 March). [40] [lower-alpha 5]

25 March: The Ministry of Health reported three new cases. The three new cases were among those quarantined in the Dwair center after being abroad. Later the same day, around 19:00 local time, one new case was reported. [44]

27 March:

29 March:

30 March: The Ministry of Health announced one new death. [48]

April 2020

1 April: The Minister of Health said that authorities imposed a lockdown on Mneen town in Rif Dimashq Governorate to preserve public safety after the death of a woman from there because of COVID-19. [49]

2 April:

4 April: The Ministry of Health announced two recoveries. [52]

5 April: The Ministry of Health announced three new cases. [53]

7 April: The Ministry of Health announced one recovery. [54]

8 April: The Ministry of Health announced one recovery. [55]

11 April: The Ministry of Health announced 6 new cases and one recovery. [56]

14 April: The Ministry of Health announced 4 new cases. [57]

15 April: The Ministry of Health announced 4 new cases. [58]

17 April:

19 April: The Ministry of Health announced one death and one new case. [62]

21 April: The Ministry of Health announced one recovery [63] and three new cases. [64]

25 April: The Ministry of Health announced 5 recoveries. [65]

26 April:

27 April: The Ministry of Health announced 5 recoveries. [68]

28 April: The Ministry of Health announced 2 recoveries. [69]

May 2020

1 May: The Ministry of Health announced 6 recoveries and one new case. [70]

6 May: The Ministry of Health announced one new case. [71]

8 May: The Ministry of Health announced 2 new cases. [72] Later the same day, two recoveries were announced. [73]

13 May: The Ministry of Health announced one new case. [74]

14 May: The Syrian government's team tasked with taking measures to confront The Coronavirus indicated that it is possible to impose a full 24-hours-a-day curfew depending to the changes related to the virus. [75] [lower-alpha 8]

15 May: The Ministry of Health announced 7 recoveries and 2 new cases. [77]

16 May:

17 May: The Ministry of Health announced 7 new cases, and said that the patients were among the already quarantined arrivals from Kuwait. [80]

20 May:

22 May:

23 May:

24 May:

25 May:

26 May: The Ministry of Health announced 15 new cases among Syrian arrivals from outside the country; 9 from Kuwait, 5 from Sudan, and one from the UAE. [93]

27 May: The Ministry of Health announced two recoveries. [94]

28 May: The Ministry of Health announced one new case of a person among Syrian arrivals from Kuwait. [95]

31 May:

June 2020

1 June:

2 June:

3 June: The Ministry of Health announced 3 recoveries. [100]

4 June:

6 June:

8 June:

The Ministry of Health also announced 4 recoveries. [104]

9 June: The Ministry of Health announced 2 new cases among people who had been in contact with the infected persons in Ras al-Ma'ara town. [105]

10 June: The Ministry of Health announced 6 recoveries. The Ministry also announced 6 new cases among people who had been in contact with the infected persons in Ras al-Ma'ara town. [106]

11 June: The Ministry of Health announced 12 new cases among people who had been in contact with the infected persons in Ras al-Ma'ara town. [107]

13 June:

14 June:

The health official stated that a big percentage of COVID-19 patients in Syria show no symptoms. And also said that the average period until recovery of COVID-19 patients in Syria is one to three weeks. [111]

15 June: The Ministry of Health announced 4 recoveries. [113]

17 June: The Ministry of Health announced one death and said that it's of a woman in her 70s. [114] [115] The Ministry of Health stated that the woman had heart and blood pressure problems and was diabetic and also had kidney problems. She went to Al-Mouwasat hospital in Damascus [lower-alpha 14] after suffering respiratory and digestive problems and went into ICU as a result of that. And was then tested positive for COVID-19. The Ministry said that the source of her infection was still unknown and that the ministry is following the matter to isolate and test her contacts. [116]

18 June: The Ministry of Health announced 9 new cases of COVID-19 in Quneitra Governorate of people who had contact with the woman that died the day before. The ministry said that the new cases were put in quarantine at Al-Qatana hospital. [117]

20 June:

21 June: The Ministry of Health announced 6 new cases of people who had contact with infected persons from Jdaydat al-Fadl in Quneitra Governorate. [120] The Ministry said that 3 of the new cases were among members of the medical staff in Al-Mouwasat hospital and said that one of them is a student. [120]

22 June: The Ministry of Health announced 15 new cases in Damascus and Rif Dimashq of people who had contact with known confirmed cases. [121] The Ministry stated that the cases were found after the ministry's teams reached out to contacts of already confirmed cases and tested them and the results came back positive. The ministry said that most of them showed no symptoms and that all of them were put in proper isolation facilities to receive medical care. [122] Local news networks said that among the new COVID-19 cases is the head of the pulmonology clinics department in Al-Mujtahid hospital in Damascus and that she was put in isolation after being tested positive. The same sources also said that the cases in Rif Dimashq were from Jdaydat Al-Fadl [lower-alpha 15] and Qatana. The source also noted that the new cases reported in Damascus were among people who were already in quarantine. [123] [124]

23 June:

25 June:

These news came in a time when many rumors circulated, especially in the past few days, about COVID-19 cases that the government didn't report in Aleppo and Hama. [131] [132] [133]

26 June:

27 June: The Ministry of Health announced one death of a man in his 70s in Aleppo and said that he had diabetes and heart problems. [136]

29 June: The Ministry of Health announced 13 new cases of people who had contact with known confirmed cases. [137]

30 June: The Ministry of Health announced 3 recoveries. The Ministry also announced 10 new cases of people who had contact with known confirmed cases. [138]

July 2020

1 July: The Ministry of Health announced 5 recoveries. The ministry also announced 14 new cases of people who had contact with known confirmed cases. [139]

2 July: The Ministry of Health announced 3 recoveries. The ministry also announced 19 new cases of people who had contact with known confirmed cases. [140]

3 July: The Ministry of Health announced 10 recoveries and one new death. The ministry also announced 16 new cases of people who had contact with known confirmed cases. [141] [142]

4 July: The Ministry of Health announced 10 new cases of people who had contact with known confirmed cases. [143]

5 July: The Ministry of Health announced 20 new cases of people who had contact with known confirmed cases. The ministry also announced 3 recoveries and 3 deaths. [144]

6 July:

9 July: The first case of COVID-19 was reported in rebel-held Idlib of a doctor in his 30s. But the Syrian government did not report it. [3]

10 July: The Ministry of Health announced 22 new cases [148] and two deaths. [149]

11 July: Tishreen university announced that one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19, and that she was put in quarantine as well as the people that contacted with her. [150]

12 July:

13 July: The Ministry of Health announced 23 new cases, 10 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [154]

14 July: The Ministry of Health announced 22 new cases, 2 recoveries, and 2 deaths. [155]

15 July: The Ministry of Health announced 19 new cases, 2 recoveries, and one death. [156]

16 July: The Ministry of Health announced 19 new cases. [157]

17 July: The Ministry of Health announced 19 new cases, 4 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [158]

18 July: The Ministry of Health announced that the lockdown on Jdaidet Al-Fadl town was lifted after conducting comprehensive medical swabs to assess the state of COVID-19 in the town, as the results were negative. [159]

20 July: The Ministry of Health announced 26 new cases and 10 recoveries and 4 deaths. [160]

21 July:

22 July:

23 July:

24 July: The Ministry of Health announced 24 new cases and 10 recoveries. [166]

25 July: The Ministry of Health announced 19 new cases, 10 recoveries, and one death. [167]

26 July: The Ministry of Health announced 23 new cases, 9 recoveries, and 2 deaths. [168]

27 July: The Ministry of Health announced 24 new cases, 10 recoveries, and 2 deaths. [169]

28 July: The Ministry of Health announced 20 new cases and 10 recoveries. [170]

29 July: The Ministry of Health announced 23 new cases and 9 recoveries. [171]

30 July:

31 July: The Ministry of Health announced 19 new cases, 8 recoveries, and two deaths. [175]

August 2020

1 August: The Ministry of Health announced 23 new cases and 9 recoveries. [176]

2 August: The Ministry of Health announced 29 new cases, 10 recoveries, and one death. [177]

3 August: The Ministry of Health announced 38 new cases, 12 recoveries, and two deaths. [178]

4 August: The Ministry of Health announced 45 new cases and 15 recoveries. [179]

5 August: The Ministry of Health announced 52 new cases, 13 recoveries, and two deaths. [180]

6 August: The Ministry of Health announced 55 new cases and 15 recoveries. [181]

7 August: The Ministry of Health announced 61 new cases. [182]

8 August: The Ministry of Health announced 65 new cases, 20 recoveries, and two deaths. [183]

9 August: The Ministry of Health announced 63 new cases, 15 recoveries, and two deaths. [184]

10 August: The Ministry of Health announced 67 new cases and 18 recoveries. [185] Of the reported cases, Seven were in Hasaka Governorate; making it the first time the government reports cases in the governorate.

11 August: The Ministry of Health announced 72 new cases, 21 recoveries, and one death. [186]

13 August: The Ministry of Health announced 105 new cases (Highest single-day number reported), 10 recoveries, and two deaths. [187] [188]

14 August: The Ministry of Health announced 83 new cases, 8 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [189]

15 August: The Ministry of Health announced 78 new cases, 5 recoveries, and two deaths. [190]

16 August: The Ministry of Health announced 84 new cases, 9 recoveries, and 4 deaths. [191]

17 August: The Ministry of Health announced 87 new cases, 8 recoveries, and 4 deaths. [192]

18 August: The Ministry of Health announced 80 new cases, 6 recoveries, and 5 deaths. [193]

19 August: The Ministry of Health announced 83 new cases, 14 recoveries, and 5 deaths. [194]

20 August: The Ministry of Health announced 81 new cases, 15 recoveries, and 4 deaths. [195]

21 August: The Ministry of Health announced 65 new cases, 15 recoveries, and one death. [196]

22 August: The Ministry of Health announced 70 new cases, 15 recoveries, and two deaths. [197]

23 August: The Ministry of Health announced 74 new cases, 15 recoveries, and 4 deaths. [198]

24 August: The Ministry of Health announced 76 new cases, 14 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [199]

25 August: The Ministry of Health announced 72 new cases, 14 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [200]

26 August: The Ministry of Health announced 75 new cases, 17 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [201]

27 August: The Ministry of Health announced 64 new cases, 19 recoveries, and two deaths. [202]

28 August: The Ministry of Health announced 59 new cases, 15 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [203]

29 August: The Ministry of Health announced 65 new cases, 15 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [204]

30 August: The Ministry of Health announced 75 new cases, 15 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [205]

31 August: The Ministry of Health announced 62 new cases, 15 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [206]

September 2020

1 September: The Ministry of Health announced 65 new cases, 17 recoveries, and 4 deaths. [207]

2 September: The Ministry of Health announced 68 new cases, 15 recoveries, and 4 deaths. [208]

3 September:

4 September: The Ministry of Health announced 68 new cases, 17 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [211]

5 September: The Ministry of Health announced 63 new cases, 17 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [212]

6 September: The Ministry of Health announced 67 new cases, 15 recoveries, and 4 deaths. [213]

7 September: The Ministry of Health announced 58 new cases, 14 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [214]

8 September: The Ministry of Health announced 60 new cases, 16 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [215]

9 September: The Ministry of Health announced 62 new cases, 20 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [216]

10 September: The Ministry of Health announced 65 new cases, 17 recoveries, and 4 deaths. [217]

11 September: The Ministry of Health announced 60 new cases, 15 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [218]

12 September: The Ministry of Health announced 30 new cases, 15 recoveries, and two deaths. [219]

13 September:

14 September: The Ministry of Health announced 36 new cases, 16 recoveries, and two deaths. [222]

15 September: The Ministry of Health announced 38 new cases, 13 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [223]

16 September: The Ministry of Health announced 40 new cases, 18 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [224]

17 September: The Ministry of Health announced 37 new cases, 14 recoveries, and two deaths. [225]

18 September: The Ministry of Health announced 40 new cases, 15 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [226]

19 September: The Ministry of Health announced 34 new cases, 14 recoveries, and two deaths. [227]

20 September:

21 September: The Ministry of Health announced 33 new cases, 17 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [230]

22 September: The Ministry of Health announced 44 new cases, 20 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [231]

23 September: The Ministry of Health announced 47 new cases, 15 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [232]

24 September: The Ministry of Health announced 42 new cases, 15 recoveries, and two deaths. [233]

25 September: The Ministry of Health announced 35 new cases, 15 recoveries, and two deaths. [234]

26 September: The Ministry of Health announced 37 new cases, 20 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [235]

27 September: The Ministry of Health announced 34 new cases, 14 recoveries, and 4 deaths. [236]

28 September: The Ministry of Health announced 30 new cases, 12 recoveries, and two deaths. [237]

29 September: The Ministry of Health announced 46 new cases, 14 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [238]

30 September: The Ministry of Health announced 52 new cases, 15 recoveries, and 3 deaths. [239]

October 2020

1 October: The Ministry of Health announced 47 new cases, 14 recoveries, and two deaths. [240]

2 October: The Ministry of Health announced 42 new cases, 13 recoveries, and one death. [241]

3 October: The Ministry of Health announced 40 new cases, 13 recoveries, and one death.

4 October: The Ministry of Health announced 37 new cases, 12 recoveries, and one death.

5 October: The Ministry of Health announced 45 new cases, 13 recoveries, and two deaths.

6 October: The Ministry of Health announced 46 new cases, 15 recoveries, and two deaths.

7 October: The Ministry of Health announced 47 new cases, 15 recoveries, and 3 deaths.

8 October: The Ministry of Health announced 62 new cases, 14 recoveries, and 3 deaths.

9 October: The Ministry of Health announced 50 new cases, 23 recoveries, and 3 deaths.

10 October: The Ministry of Health announced 57 new cases, 36 recoveries, and 3 deaths.

11 October: The Ministry of Health announced 45 new cases, 25 recoveries, and 3 deaths.

12 October: The Ministry of Health announced 56 new cases, 35 recoveries, and 4 deaths.

13 October: The Ministry of Health announced 52 new cases, 33 recoveries, and 3 deaths.

14 October: The Ministry of Health announced 57 new cases, 25 recoveries, and 3 deaths.

15 October: The Ministry of Health announced 48 new cases, 36 recoveries, and 4 deaths.

November 2020

December 2020

January 2021

February 2021

March 2021

In March 2021, World Health Organization said that it is planning to vaccinate 20% of the Syrian population by the end of 2021, noting that around 224000 AstraZeneca vaccines will arrive from India and 912000 others will arrive later. [242]

April 2021

On 22 April, more than 256,800 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Syria under the United Nations COVAX program. These doses are aimed at inoculating the country's frontline health workers. [243]

Confirmed cases

Charts

Confirmed new cases per day

Confirmed deaths per day

COVID-19 Cases in Syrian Governorates

COVID-19 Cases in Syrian Governorates

(Only cases reported by government - see notes)

Governorate Reported CasesRecoveriesDeathsActive Cases
Damascus 6,9444,9157161,313
Aleppo [lower-alpha 16] 5,3563,4303441,582
Latakia 5,1823,6262531,303
Homs 3,5252,700304521
Rif Dimashq 3,1762,55039587
Tartus 2,1141,693216205
Daraa 1,5451,30271172
Hama 1,4971,05458385
As-Suwayda 1,4361,24294100
Quneitra [lower-alpha 17] 5904853075
Deir ez-Zor 43723056151
Hasaka [lower-alpha 16] 3051274174
Raqqa 242220
Idlib [lower-alpha 18] 7700
Total32,16823,3832,1876,568

Information by the Ministry of Health as of 25 September [1]

Cases by source of the virus

COVID-19 cases in Syria by source of infection
Source of infectionCases
Source of infection unknown11,699
Work Place Infection516
Had contact with a confirmed case276
Came from outside the country169

Information by the Ministry of Health as of 20 February. [1]

Confirmed cases not included in the official count

The alleged document that Hasaka's director of agriculture is supposedly informing the governor that the results of a COVID-19 test for an employee there came back positive. April28HasakaCovid19.jpg
The alleged document that Hasaka's director of agriculture is supposedly informing the governor that the results of a COVID-19 test for an employee there came back positive.

Resources and facilities

Testing

During July and going through August, many individuals and organizations saw that the government has lost control over the COVID-19 situation. The Ministry of Health itself said many times that its testing capabilities are not enough, [251] [252] [172] and that many asymptomatic and symptomatic cases may go unnoticed because it's not possible to do widespread or random testing. [252] Many local news networks and organizations said that hospitals are even refusing to admit patients with mild symptoms, and only accept those who need critical and intensive care. [253] [254] Some hospitals announced in early August that they have no more places for COVID-19 patients to be admitted, and asked anyone who suspects of being infected to self-quarantine at home instead of going to hospital. [254] The Syrian government claims that the ongoing civil war, combined with the economic situation in Syria and sanctions by western governments, limit the capacity in which adequate COVID-19 PCR tests can be conducted and prevent vital supplies for treating and managing the pandemic from being imported. [22] [23] Health care professionals claimed the country was overwhelmed by cases and that the government had engaged in an intimidation campaign to suppress information of the outbreak. [255] [12]

According to Human Rights Watch, the Syrian government failed to protect health workers at the front line of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the government-held territory. WHO has provided the Syrian government with 4.4 million items of PPE, including medical and respirator masks, gloves. However, doctors and nurses operating in government-held areas said that there were still severe shortages of supplies, particularly in rural areas. [256]

According to the Syrian Ministry of Health, there are six labs that are able to test for the coronavirus located in four governorates. [1]

Institutional quarantine

According to the Syrian Ministry of Health, there are 33 quarantine centers for suspected COVID-19 cases located in 13 governorates (All governorates Except Idlib). [1]

Treatment centers

According to the Syrian Ministry of Health, there are 21 Treatment centers dedicated for COVID-19 patients located in 12 governorates. [1]

Quarantine and isolation

According to the state media organization SANA, the Ministry of Health started quarantining suspected cases and people coming from outside the country in free-of-charge dedicated quarantine facilities from 5 February 2020. [257]

Quarantined cases in Syrian governorates
Governorate People still in quarantineDischarged from quarantineTotal
Rif Dimashq 013,89513,895
Homs 02,0372,037
Damascus 01.9251,925
Aleppo 01,4081,408
Hama 01,2611,261
Tartus 0957957
Hasaka 0750750
As-Suwayda 0555555
Latakia 0478478
Deir ez-Zor 0357357
Quneitra 0267267
Daraa 0194194
Raqqa 07070
Idlib No quarantine centers
Total024,15424,154

Information from the Ministry of Health as of 25 September. [1]

Notes

  1. The suspension was originally set to end on 2 April, but it was delayed many times until the government decided to end the second semester for all school students and let them pass on the first semester's test results.
    Universities reopened on 31 May 2020.
  2. The suspension was originally set to expire on 23 May.
  3. The reopening date was later changed.
  4. 1 2 Date was later changed.
  5. Later, the government decided to extend the curfew during Fridays and Saturdays to be from 12 p.m. to 6 a.m starting 3 April 2020. [41] After that, Curfew in all week-days was reduced to be from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. during The holy Islamic month of Ramadan, which started 24 April 2020, and Eid, which started 24 May 2020. [42] [43]
    The curfew was later canceled completely starting 26 May 2020.
  6. Various exception periods were set later.
  7. See 2 April for later info.
  8. A 12-hours curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m was already imposed since Wednesday 25 March 2020. [76] Later, the government decided to extend the curfew during Fridays and Saturdays to be from 12 p.m. to 6 a.m starting 3 April 2020. [41] After that, Curfew in all week-days was reduced to be from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. during The holy Islamic month of Ramadan, which started 24 April 2020, and Eid, which started 24 May 2020. [42] [43]
    The curfew was later canceled completely starting 26 May 2020.
  9. The person tested negative the next day. (See 24 May).
  10. - This was initially believed to be the first case in As-Suwayda governorate.
    - This is case number 123.
    - Clarifications on this were made later the same day.
  11. After this statement, the Ministry of Health's official COVID-19 website changed the number of cases in Damascus from 87 to 86 and in As-Suwayda from 1 to 2, with the total remaining 123.
  12. The government also did a similar change in the data from As-Suwayda the day before, after a statement from health officials there. (see the notes in 1 June).
  13. After that, The Ministry of Health put the sources of infection of the cases as: 6 "contacted with a confirmed case", and one "came from outside the country".
  14. The death was later put as a part of Quneitra Governorate's count.
  15. The Ministry of Health considers Jdaidat Al-Fadl to be a part of Quneitra Governorate.
  16. 1 2 Excluding cases that were reported in the Kurdish-led region of Rojava but were not officially reported by the Syrian government. (Cases mentioned further down in this section).
  17. Excluding cases in the Israeli-controlled disputed Golan Heights.
  18. Excluding cases that were reported in the rebel-held territory in Idlib but were not officially reported by the Syrian government. (Cases mentioned further down in this section)

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