The Syrian government announced on Sunday the first death by COVID-19 in the country, where so far there are officially eleven cases, the official SANA news agency reported.

“A woman died today in a hospital center where after conducting tests, it was discovered that she tested positive for coronavirus,” SANA reported, citing a statement from the Syrian Ministry of Health.

The note did not offer more details about the patient’s death, as well as the age or the place where she was admitted.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based NGO that has its own informants in Syria, reported this death, noting that there are two killed so far by COVID-19, a figure not confirmed by the government of the Syrian president , Bachar al Asad.

Last Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the alert level in northwestern Syria, the country’s last opposition fief, to a possible COVID-19 outbreak that could be “catastrophic” in a region with almost a million displaced.

Syria announced the first case of COVID-19 on the 22nd, but a week earlier it had already begun to implement a series of preventive measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic as a partial curfew from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. and disinfection operations in public spaces.

With the death of the patient in Syria, Yemen is the only country in the region that has not yet registered any death from COVID-19 and in fact not a single case of the disease.

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