Syria records 20 new coronavirus cases in largest single-day increase

Syria has kept an overnight curfew in place but has begun to open some of its economy after a lockdown. (File/Louai Beshara/AFP)
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Updated 25 May 2020

Syria records 20 new coronavirus cases in largest single-day increase

  • The war-torn country has recorded 106 infections and four deaths so far
  • Syria has kept an overnight curfew in place but has begun to open some of its economy after a lockdown

DAMASCUS: Syria reported 20 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, the largest single-day increase to date, the health ministry said.
The war-torn country has recorded 106 infections and four deaths so far, and new cases have increased in recent days with the return of Syrians from abroad, the ministry said.
Syria has kept an overnight curfew in place but has begun to open some of its economy after a lockdown. Doctors and relief groups worry that medical infrastructure ravaged by nine years of conflict would make a more serious outbreak deadly and difficult to fend off.
Health Minister Nizar Yazigi said last week that “coercive and unfair” Western sanctions were hitting medical services needed to cope with coronavirus and he called for their removal.


Russia working on immediate Libya cease-fire with Turkey

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Russia working on immediate Libya cease-fire with Turkey

MOSCOW: Russia and Turkey are working on an immediate cease-fire agreement for the conflict in Libya, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Wednesday by the Interfax news agency.
Lavrov said the Libyan National Army (LNA), which Russia backs, is ready to sign a cease-fire document and hopes that Turkey will manage to convince the country’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) to do the same.