More than 200 UN staff members test positive for COVID-19 in Syria: Officials

More than 200 UN staff members test positive for COVID-19 in Syria: Officials

More than 200 UN staff members have been tested positive for coronavirus in Syria, UN officials and medical workers said.

“More than 200 cases have been reported among U.N staff members, some of whom have been hospitalized and three who were medically evacuated,” the top U.N. official in Syria said in the letter, which was leaked to Reuters from an infected local staff member.

Humanitarian workers and medics said the real number of infected is higher and includes the staff of NGO partners working for the dozen UN agencies.

U.N. Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, Imran Riza said there had been a ten-fold spike in infections in Syria in the two months since he last briefed staff, referring to health ministry figures that say there have been 3,171 cases and 134 deaths since the first case was reported on March 23.

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