Syria institutes curfew to combat coronavirus; Passengers of Moscow-Damascus flight quarantined

DAMASCUS – On Tuesday, in an effect to tackle the spreading of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the Syrian Ministry of Interior announced the imposition of a national night curfew from 6:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. starting on Wednesday. The curfew is to be in effect until further notice.

The Ministry called on all citizens to strictly commit to the curfew decision, otherwise, they will be subjected to legal accountability. The Ministry added that the employees of the public and private sector institutions that are required to continue their work will be provided with the official tasks documents that will enable them to travel during curfew hours.

Meanwhile, the Damascus Countryside Health Directorate stated that all the passengers of a Syrian civil airplane coming from Moscow into Damascus International Airport on Monday morning have been isolated in quarantine at the Plaza Hotel in the Al-Sayeda Zainab area of the Damascus countryside. All passengers will be subjected to the necessary medical tests to ensure that they are not infected with COVID-19.

The Syrian airplane coming from Moscow was the last plane that had landed at Damascus International Airport due to a package of restrictive aviation measures taken by the Syrian government in Damascus.