Coronavirus cases continue to rise in North and East Syria

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — On Sunday, the Kurdish Red Crescent posted a chart showing the distribution of confirmed COVID-19 cases in a number of areas of North and East Syria over the past two weeks, with the city of Hasakah topping the list with 44 cases.

The city of Zalin (Qamishli) has the second highest number of confirmed cases at 31, followed by the eastern Deir ez-Zor countryside, Raqqa, and Al-Shahba with 8 infections each. According to the chart, there are two confirmed infections in Dayrik (Al- Malikiyah), one in Kobanê, and no recorded cases in Mabbug (Manbij).

The Internal Security Forces (ISF) in both Qabre Hewore (Al-Qahtaniyah) and Zalin began marking out social spacing circles in front of centers where there are daily gatherings, such as bakeries and markets, in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

Dr. Daoud Bilal Ahmed, a doctor in the region, said, “We have entered a phase of local transmission of the pandemic, and this is a very serious phase. The coronavirus has become known to everyone, the disease is not as easy as some imagine, and we have to take the subject seriously. The virus has spread, and the numbers are rising day by day, so we have to take precautions.”

On Monday, the Co-Chair the Health Authority of the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria, Joan Mustafa, announced 18 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the region: 9 in Zalin, 3 in Kobanê, 2 in Deir ez-Zor, 2 in Hasakah, 1 in Raqqa, and 1 in Rmelan.