Health Minister: Tests of people who interacted with suspected Coronavirus case in Tartous are negative

Damascus, SANA – Commenting on the talk related to closing down Tartous port after suspecting that a Russian person there was infected with Coronavirus, Health Minister Nizar Yazigi clarified that the situation is different from how it being portrayed.

The Minister said that when a Russian person at the port was tested for COVID-19, the test came back positive, noting that this test is 70% accurate.

He said that out of concern for the health of workers in the port and everyone else in the area, the workers were prevented from leaving the port until all those who interacted with the suspected case have been tested, asserting that all the workers’ tests came back negative and were allowed to go to their homes.

Yazigi said that work at the port is proceeding normally, and tomorrow another test will be conducted for the suspected case to ascertain whether they are infected or not.

Hazem Sabbagh

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