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First Death From Coronavirus Reported in Syria

Sputnik News

16:13 GMT 29.03.2020(updated 17:13 GMT 29.03.2020)

The Syrian government has decided to restrict traffic between the country's provinces until 16 April as part of measures taken to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, the SANA news agency reported.

The first death from the coronavirus has been confirmed in Syria, the state news agency reported.

A woman died in hospital shortly after being admitted as an emergency patient, the SANA news agency cited the ministry as saying. Her test for COVID-19 came back positive.

Authorities in Syria have so far confirmed five COVID-19 cases. A curfew was imposed across the country on 25 March.

The World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. According to the Johns Hopkins University count, over 684,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed globally and more than 32,000 people have died from COVID-19.


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