Syria Country Office COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Flash Update #7

Publication Date: August 2020

Publisher: UNFPA Syria

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As of September 15, 2020, the Syrian Ministry of Health (MoH) has reported 3,654 COVID-19 cases across Syria: 2,602 active, 889 recoveries and 163 registered deaths. The first positive case was announced on 22 March 2020, with the first fatality reported on 29 March 2020.

According to the Syrian Ministry of Health (MoH), as of 21 August, 76 healthcare workers (four percent of reported cases) have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 31 health workers since the last report on 04 August.2 This highlights the particular risks faced by healthcare workers; and underscores the potential the already fragile and overstretched healthcare capacity to be further compromised. The Syrian healthcare system is unable to absorb all suspected cases and adapt wards to accommodate increased numbers of COVID-19 patients.

This report covers UNFPA's COVID-19 response in Syria for the period 1-31 August 2020.

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