The United Nations particular envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, has known as for a direct ceasefire throughout the nation to allow an “all-out-effort” to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Syria reported the first coronavirus an infection on Monday.
“Syrians are acutely vulnerable to COVID-19. Healthcare facilities have been destroyed or are degraded. There is a shortage of key medical equipment and health professionals. To confront this danger, the long-suffering Syrian people desperately need a sustained period of calm throughout the country respected by all parties”, Pedersen mentioned.
Earlier this month, Russia and Turkey, who’ve been supporting opposing sides in Syria’s battle, agreed a fragile ceasefire in Idlib province, below which a “security corridor” was established alongside Idlib’s M4 freeway. Both sides agreed to begin joint patrols alongside the highway from March 15.
The World Health Organization mentioned that it’s “extremely concerned about the impact COVID-19 may have in the northwest”. Observers fear the virus will unfold within the overcrowded displacement camps within the northwest area.
Pedersen additionally known as for releases of detainees and entry for medical staff to detention services, to assist be sure that medical care is supplied to inmates. The International Rescue Committee has warned an outbreak of coronavirus in northern Syria might be one of many worst the world has seen.
On Monday, UN chief Antonio Guterres appealed for a direct international ceasefire to guard civilians in battle zones in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.