The Syrian Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 20 new cases of coronavirus in the country this Sunday, a number that doubles the balance on Saturday and has since registered three new deaths per day, up to a total of 13 deaths.
Although the numbers are comparatively low compared to other countries, it must be borne in mind that the country’s health infrastructure has been limited after years of war and it is impossible to identify cases in conflict areas.
“Nine years of the conflict left Syria in chaos. Not only many vulnerable people live in makeshift tents and shelters, but also civilian infrastructure, including hospitals and health care facilities, has been decimated,” summarizes CARE Middle East Director Nirvana Shawky.
In addition, “many health professionals have either left the country or are being displaced,” making “adequate medical care on a large scale almost impossible,” he said.