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Humanitarian disaster looms over Syria’s Idlib amid COVID-19 surge

The coronavirus continues to spread in the opposition-controlled areas of Syria, with daily counts ranging between 300 and 500, and health workers say a health catastrophe is imminent.

IDLIB, Syria — The Syrian civil defense forces known as the White Helmets announced in a Nov. 22 Facebook post that seven people — six men and one woman — had died in hospitals and medical centers dedicated to coronavirus cases in the city of Idlib and its countryside. The bodies were transported for burial to the cities and villages of Kafr Tkharim, Maart Misrin, Killi, Barisha, Sarmin in the Idlib countryside and the city of Darat Izza in western Aleppo.

The White Helmets added that its teams also transported two people infected with the virus and seven others suspected of being infected to quarantine centers in Idlib for treatment.

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