Health Minister: First Coronavirus case in Syria detected in person who had arrived from abroad

Damascus, SANA – Health Minister Dr. Nizar Yazigi said that the first case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) was registered in Syria in a person who had come from abroad.

In a statement given over the phone to the Syrian TV on Sunday evening, Yazigi said that the Ministry’s labs reported the first case of Coronavirus to be registered in Syria, and that all necessary measures have been taken to deal with this situation.

The Minister said the patient, a person in their twenties, had arrived from abroad, and hadn’t shown any symptoms upon entering Syria, and the Contagious and Terminal Diseases teamed followed up on their condition due to the fact that they came from an area where there are infections, with the tests conducted on a sample taken from the subject revealing that they were infected.

Yazigi urged citizens to exercise caution and stay at home, and commit to the procedures for protection against Coronavirus.

Hazem Sabbagh

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