Syrian Arab Republic: COVID-19 Humanitarian Update No. 24 As of 3 March 2021

Situation Report
Originally published


This report is produced by OCHA Syria in Damascus in collaboration with WHO Syria and Damascus-based humanitarian partners, and does not reflect cross-border operations.


  • Number of COVID-19 cases reported by the Ministry of Health (MoH): 15,696 (1,039 fatalities, 9,961 recovered).

  • The MoH has reported a further spike in healthcare workers affected, with 604 official cases, including 25 deaths.

  • As of 20 February, the MoH reported approximately 98,529 tests have been performed in laboratories in Damascus,
    Aleppo, Homs, Lattakia and Rural Damascus governorates, with a current average of approximately 300 tests per day.

  • Health workers, the elderly, and people with co-morbidities have been identified as high-risk groups to be prioritized for vaccines under COVAX application. WHO, with UNICEF and other partners, are providing technical support.

  • The socio-economic impacts of the pandemic continue to be an exacerbating force on already considerable humanitarian needs across the country.

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