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The number of positive Covid-19 cases jumped by 2,530 last week, with more than half of them recorded in northeast Syria despite a full curfew there.


The Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria (AANES) has raised wages for its employees and contractors by 30 percent as it prepares to implement a controversial new tax law.


The UAE has donated vaccines to Syria as the country grapples with a third wave of the pandemic.


The Syrian government has ordered its ministries to temporarily close and/or reduce working hours to a minimum until April 15, as a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic sweeps over the country. The government said the decision on April 04 was in response to the accelerating spread of the pandemic as well as fuel shortages.


Expected shipments of the Covid-19 vaccine to Syria have been postponed until an unspecified date, according to the World Health Organisation’s Syria office, opposition news website Enab Baladi reported. 


Syria will soon receive one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the World Health Organisation has said, as the number of positive coronavirus cases continued to rise sharply.


The Syrian government has offered farmers more than double what it paid for wheat and cotton last year, boosting the incentive for them to sell their harvest to Damascus instead of a rival administration in the northeast of the country.


Update on March 23, 2021:The number of positive cases has continued to increase, with 748 new cases registered across the country this week while areas outside the government’s control have yet to begin vaccination campaigns.


The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces seized control of three flour mills from the state-owned Syrian Grain Establishment (SGE) in the northeast of the country early last month, reflecting the growing strategic importance of the bread supply chain.


On March 1, 2021, the People’s Assembly approved a new draft law on civil status in Syria, to replace Civil Status Law No. 26 of 2007 and its amendments.


Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad and his wife Asma Al-Assad tested positive for the coronavirus on February 08 according to an official statement issued by the president’s office.

The Ministry of Health said it began vaccinating Syrians against the novel coronavirus on Monday with initial doses administered to healthcare workers as a further 471 new cases were recorded across the country.


Positive coronavirus cases in Syria continued a steady climb last week with 398 cases recorded, roughly in line with the 431 new cases registered the previous week.


Turkey has agreed to transport hundreds of tons of wheat stored in silos in a front line area in Raqqa province to the Syrian government in a deal mediated by Moscow to help ease the ongoing crisis around the key commodity, according to Russian media.


On January 28, judicial authorities in northeastern Syria issued a potentially problematic decree prohibiting certain lawsuits related to real estate in lands under their purview.


Kurdish-dominated authorities in northeastern Syria saw their revenues decline by nearly a fifth in 2020, according to fiscal data published by an independent centre in northeastern Syria drawing on the Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria’s (AANES) 2020 annual report.


The Covid-19 pandemic continued to spread at a steady pace last week, with 540 new cases recorded, up from 536 the previous week. The week before, 694 new cases had been reported.


The Municipality of Raqqa—or the Municipality of the People in Raqqa, as it is officially called—began a campaign on January 24 to demolish and remove dozens of homes and shops that were deemed to have been built in violation of building code.


Russian military personnel in the Hmeimim Airbase received the Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine this month, according to Russian media reports, while it remains unclear when Syrians will begin receiving vaccines themselves.


A new factory to produce vegetable oil and soap has been set up in Hassakeh province under the control of Kurdish-dominated authorities, according to local media reports, some of which have linked the project to a war profiteer who has grown increasingly prominent throughout the conflict.


Syria’s wheat imports dropped significantly last year, falling by 44 percent, according to the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Protection’s annual report.


The total positive cases of Covid-19 recorded across Syria rose to 41,521 over the past week, up from 40,369 last week. The government took no new containment measures, even as neighbouring Lebanon implemented a strict lockdown.


Positive cases of Covid-19 in Syria continued to rise in the first week of the new year, with the total number confirmed across the country reaching 40,369, up from 39,329 last week, and 37,633 two weeks ago. An opposition NGO meanwhile listed the names of more than 170 doctors it said had died from the disease this year.


Syria’s production of cereals, including wheat, grew markedly this year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation.


Syria is negotiating with Russia to obtain the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, an official said this week, while the number of cases across the country continued to rise steadily.


The number of positive Covid-19 cases is continuing to rise across Syria, putting strain on a poorly equipped healthcare system in opposition-held areas. In government-controlled territory, authorities took new measures to control the spread, but schools remained open despite appeals from parents and advisers to close them.


The number of Syrians infected by Covid-19 has increased to 33,273, according to official data. Across the country, the number of cases continues to rise, with the northwest being the most severely affected.


The number of positive Covid-19 cases continued to rise this week, reaching 30,920 cases across the country, up from 28,484 last week. A leading family in Suweida in southern Syria meanwhile refused to welcome a government delegation over the failure to control the pandemic and closed schools in a local village without a government order.


Following a rapid spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in opposition-held parts of Syria, authorities in the country’s northeast have imposed a full lockdown for ten days to try to slow the virus’s advance.


The coronavirus is continuing to spread swiftly in Syria, with more than 20,806 positive cases now recorded since the beginning of the pandemic, up from more than 17,900 cases last week.


The Syrian government doubled the price of subsidised bread last week after failing to secure enough wheat to meet demand, greatly increasing the risk of food shortages as the winter season approaches. The hike comes shortly after similar price hikes for oil products, leaving many Syrians less and less able to secure their daily needs.


The number of positive Covid-19 cases continued to increase this week. Officially more than 11,621 people have tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic in March.


While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread very rapidly across Syria, the Ministry of Education said that almost one quarter of tests conducted at schools in recent weeks came back with positive results.


The Syrian government completed several procedures to re-launch traffic with neighbouring Lebanon and Jordan this month, although the spread of the virus is increasing relentlessly.


The government has nearly doubled the price it pays to cotton growers to compensate for rising expenses and to encourage them to sell their production to the state-owned ginning organisation.


The number of people who have tested positive in northeast Syria surged by around 50 percent in a week, the highest weekly increase since the beginning of the spread of the pandemic in the country.


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The list, location and status of Syrian-Turkish border crossings as of September 01, 2020.

A recent report has suggested that only a fraction of Covid-19-related deaths in Syria have been counted, as one of the main critics of the government’s policy was dismissed from his position.


A senior UN official has said that community transmission of Covid-19 has been widespread in Syria, while a UN document seen by Reuters indicates that a large number of United Nations staff members in Syria have been infected by the coronavirus.


A flight transporting a relatively large shipment of medical aid from the United Arab Emirates landed in Damascus on August 30. It was the first such delivery by the UAE since the beginning of the pandemic and occurred just days after it normalised its relations with Israel.


The extent of the spread of Covid-19 in Syria and the incapacity of the Syrian authorities to keep it under control were highlighted this week after four members of the government’s delegation sent to Geneva to participate in talks over the Syrian constitution were tested positive.


A well-respected Syrian doctor has estimated that the number of people infected with Covid-19 could be as high as 150,000 in Damascus and its environs alone — more than one hundred times the official estimate for the whole of Syria.


A popular backlash has pushed the Kurdish-led administration of northeast Syria to repeal a law regulating the management of properties owned by "absentees" just one week after authorities issued the text. Officials said they halted the implementation of the law following "misunderstandings and different interpretations of its articles."


The Covid-19 pandemic is reaching worrying proportions in Syria, where hospitals appear saturated, and the number of people infected and dying is growing by the day.


An American company has signed a contract with the Syrian Democratic Forces to develop oil production and marketing in northeastern Syria and has received a sanctions waiver from the U.S. administration.


The Covid-19 pandemic is spreading further in Syria and appears to be getting out of control as the number of people infected increased by almost a third in the space of a week.


Recent reports from across Syria have confirmed that the spread of Covid-19 has increased in pace. This did not prevent the government from ordering the reopening of its international borders after months of closure, however.


The Ministry of Health has announced a weekly increase of 33 percent in the number of Syrians living in government areas who tested positive for Covid-19.


As the flows of the Euphrates River decline, water levels at the Bassel Al-Assad Dam on the Khabour River have enabled the irrigation of large areas for the first time in two decades. When it was initiated, the dam was supposed to be among the most important in the Middle East.