Politics & Economics

Syria: Autonomous Administration Takes Measures Against Coronavirus


The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria is taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus to the region.

The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria has thus far not recorded any cases of the Coronavirus. Nevertheless, the authorities are taking precautionary measures to prevent it from entering the country, including closing borders to those coming in from the affected countries.

“At the Semalka Crossing, we sent a full medical team equipped with all necessary and preventive equipment. They will check all arrivals at the Semalka crossing and they were instructed by the Health Authority not to allow anyone coming from the affected countries to enter”, stated Minal Muhammad.

In addition, the authorities have established to quarantine centres in the main cities of Qamishli and Hasakah, just in case any individuals are found to be invested with the virus.

Some businesses are taking advantage of the global health crisis by monopolising medical products and raising prices in order to make higher profits as a result of the increased demand in these products.

“There are those who take advantage of this situation. There are no more masks in some centres but there are other centres that have monopolised the medical masks and raised their prices”, noted Khalil Ali, an owner of a pharmacy shop.

The Autonomous Administration is also propagating awareness campaigns across northern and eastern Syria to inform people of ways to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and how to detect symptoms. Information brochures have been distributed to health clinics and are being shared on social media.

Syria has thus far seemed to be protected from the Coronavirus with only a case of infection with an Iranian militiaman in the Deir ez-Zour province. Neighbouring Iraq, however, recently recorded its first death from Coronavirus in the city of Suleimaniyah. The Iraqi authorities have begun to take measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Meanwhile, Iran has recorded thousands of cases of infection and hundreds of deaths.