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Northeast Syria's pandemic response in jeopardy as cases rise, charity warns

Amid a spike in coronavirus cases, the region's hospitals are grappling with a major shortage of oxygen and testing supplies.
A picture taken on April 20, 2020 shows a 120-bed ward at a specialised hospital for coronavirus cases inaugurated by the Kurdish Red Crescent around 10 kilometres outside the Syrian city of Hasakeh after the first COVID-19 death was reported in the northeastern region.

As COVID-19 cases surge in northeast Syria, a severe shortage of oxygen, funding and testing supplies are “putting the region’s COVID-19 response in serious jeopardy,” the International Rescue Committee (IRC) warned on Thursday. 

New cases in the region "are reaching the highest levels seen to date," the UK-based charity said, even after the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria imposed a 10-day curfew on April 13 to stave off a new wave of the virus. 

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