138 Corona infections registered in northeast Syria
The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the autonomous region of North and East Syria has increased to 138. One person infected with COVID-19 has died, bringing the death toll in the region to six.
The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the autonomous region of North and East Syria increased by 19 to 138. The new case numbers have been published by Ciwan Mistefa, the co-chair of the Health Committee of the Autonomous Administration. One person infected with COVID-19 has died, so there are six corona deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in the region. Of the 19 new cases of infection, 14 have been detected in Cizire and five in Shehba. Ten people are reported to have recovered.
The Kurdish Red Crescent (Heyva Sor a Kurd) and the human rights organization of Afrin on Monday addressed an urgent appeal for support to the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the International Red Cross.
Thanks to early contact restrictions, the autonomous regions initially had the pandemic well under control and were able to seal themselves off successfully for months with largely closed borders and strict quarantine conditions. In the meantime, the number of infections is rising rapidly. The situation threatens to spiral out of control, especially in regions bordering on regime areas.
The situation could be particularly dramatic in the canton of Shehba, where hundreds of thousands of IDPs from Afrin have been living in tent cities and emergency shelters since 2018.