المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Coronavirus | As pandemic spreads and poor health services, quarantine is not holding in the “Self-Administration” areas

The Syrian Observatory has monitored the authorities in the “Self-Administration” areas not adhering to implementing the quarantine decision in their areas, having found that the decision was ineffective in light of the lack of popular awareness.

The authorities are closing shops at 3 p.m., without regard to the location of human gatherings in the area during the quarantine.

Meanwhile, hospitals, clinics and health centres are overcrowded and are unable to meet the needs of patients and provide them with the necessary examinations.

The “Self-Administration” had issued a decision closing the crossings and declaring quarantine in its areas of control in north-eastern Syria, after detecting dozens of coronavirus cases, while the state of emergency, travel ban and the closure of markets were lifted. 

At the beginning of August, SOHR sources reported that the number of deaths of coronavirus cases in the “Self-Administration” areas rose to three.

Health authorities in the “Self-Administration” areas had recorded 20 coronavirus cases, broken down as follows: 16 cases in Al-Hasakeh governorate, two in Deir ez-Zor, and two in the areas of “Self-Administration” in rural Aleppo.

This brings the number of infection cases to 50 in SDF-controlled areas, all of which are quarantined.

On the other hand, popular resentment is growing in areas under the control of the Autonomous Administration in northern and eastern Syria over the lack of face masks and gloves, as well as merchants’ manipulation of prices in the black market.

With the increasing demand, face masks are sold today for 500 SYL each, after being sold for only 160 SYL before the crisis of the novel coronavirus. The high prices and shortage of face masks coincide with the increase in the number of infected cases in these areas.

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