المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Coronavirus outbreaks | Nearly 2,200 confirmed infection cases in regime-controlled areas, mostly in Damascus and Rif Dimashq

Popular anger grows over the government's handling with the pandemic

Syrian Observatory continues monitoring and tracking the developments of the novel coronavirus outbreaks across Syria, at a time when the Syrian regime still continues keeping the real number of infection cases in areas under its control secret, despite the spread of the virus in all provinces.

 

According to SOHR statistics, based on reports obtained from reliable medical sources in regime-controlled areas, the total number of confirmed coronaviruses cases reached 2,180, of whom 470 cases recovered while 293 cases died.

 

“The cases are distributed in all Syrian provinces. However, most of the deceased and infection cases have been in Damascus and Rif Dimashq,” medical sources said.

 

In eastern Ghouta, the infection cases are concentrated in Douma, Harasta, Arbin, Saqba and Kafr Batna where many people died of coronavirus. The virus strikes these towns and cities  with nearly 70% of the area’s health facilities and hospitals being out of service because of earlier military operations by Russian and regime forces.

 

Recently, the health care is confined to some centers affiliated to the Red Crescent and dispensaries which suffer from the lack of most medical services.

 

On the other hand, SOHR activists have monitored growing popular anger in regime-held areas over the government’s handling with the virus as it continues keeping the real number of infection cases secret and has not imposed needed precautionary measures. In addition, these areas suffer from deteriorating medical services, amid fears of the collapse of already dilapidated health system.

 

Furthermore, the regime-controlled areas experience dramatic living conditions because of the prohibitively high prices, deteriorating economic conditions, unemployment and lack of job opportunities, in addition to the frequent interruption of electricity.

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