North and East Syria: Crisis Cell imposes coronavirus lockdown in Hassaka, Zalin, Tabqa and Raqqa

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA – The Crisis Cell in the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria decided to impose a total lockdown in the two largest cities in the Gozarto (Jazira) Region Hasaka, Zalin (Qamishli), and in Tabqa, and Raqqa. The lockdown starts 26 November for a period of ten days. The co-chair of the DAA’s Health Authority declared that the reason for lockdown is the sharp increase of coronavirus infections and deaths, in part because of the lack of adherence to the prevention measures currently in place.

The tightened measures and affected institutions of the decision by the Democratic Autonomous Administration are as follows:

1 – Closure of all schools, universities and kindergartens during the period of the lockdown;

2 – Closure of all official institutions and departments except for vital government services;

3 – A stop on the (non trade) travel in and out of the regions of North and East Syria;

4- Hospitals, pharmacies, and bakeries are excluded;

5- The decision also stipulated facilitating the movement of farmers and distributing fuel to citizens.