RIC-Coronavirus-Update-15Aug2020

Our first weekly update on the growing coronavirus crisis in North and East Syria finds:

— Coronavirus cases in North and East Syria (NES) rising rapidly following new outbreak at end of July

— At least 15 confirmed cases among health workers in Heseke, key epicenter of disease

— 3 confirmed cases among health workers in Hol camp, disease yet to spread among camp residents

— NES residents suffering from economic crisis and unable to follow coronavirus restrictions, with only 19% staying home and 7% wearing facemasks, UN research finds

— NGOs in Shebha raise alarm about outbreak in isolated, IDP-populated region under Syrian government embargo

Download the full report here, and contact RIC for further comment, research and contacts to health workers in the field.