Coronavirus (49)

01-07-2020

The number of Syrians who tested positive for Covid-19 increased by 57 percent over the past 15 days, according to government estimates, although the numbers still remain low compared to many other countries.

17-06-2020

The number of Syrians who tested positive for Covid-19 in government areas increased to 177 this week, up from 146 last week.

17-06-2020

On June 11, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad appointed Hussein Arnous as prime minister after dismissing Imad Khamis, who paid the price for recent socio-economic difficulties.

10-06-2020

Competition for the purchase of the wheat crop is growing in Syria, with the rapid depreciation of the national currency forcing all actors to revise their prices and budgets.

10-06-2020

Syria’s two airlines have headed in opposite trajectories in recent weeks, possibly partly because of the rift between Rami Makhlouf and the Syrian president.

10-06-2020

Updated on June 17, 2020: The number of people who tested positive with the Coronavirus in Syria climbed by 23 last week to 146, up from 123 a week ago, while the number of recoveries increased to 62 from 50 and the number of deaths remained unchanged at six.

03-06-2020

A week after the government lifted most movement restrictions, the number of people who tested positive for the Coronavirus increased to 123 from 121, the number of recoveries increased to 50 from 41 and the number of deaths grew to six from four.

27-05-2020

The Central Bank of Syria has devalued the Syrian pound in an attempt to close the gap with the black -market rate- but the measure came to no avail, as the currency renewed its downward trend today.

27-05-2020

The Syrian government has lifted a major portion of the movement restrictions it imposed at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic despite a doubling in the number of positive cases.

20-05-2020

Syrian banks are raising their capital to meet regulatory requirements after a decision banned them from paying dividends.

20-05-2020

The number of people who tested positive for the Coronavirus increased in the past week to 58 from 47, according to the Ministry of Health.

13-05-2020

The Syrian government said this week that it will start disbursing money to some 20,000 unemployed people, its first financial aid programme since the spread of the Coronavirus in Syria.

06-05-2020

Two extraordinary videos posted by Rami Makhlouf on his personal Facebook page have laid bare the divisions at the heart of the Syrian regime and posed a challenge for Bashar Al-Assad within the Alawite community. The Syrian president has been forced into a quick public defence of one of his most contested measures.

06-05-2020

On March 04, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad headed for the first time a meeting of the task force formed to confront the Coronavirus.

06-05-2020

For the second time in just a month, a drug shipment originating from Syria and packaged under the name of a well-known local brand has been seized, this time in Saudi Arabia.

06-05-2020

April was the first full month during which Coronavirus-related restrictions were implemented in the Damascus Securities Exchange.

29-04-2020

The number of Syrians who tested positive for the Coronavirus went up from 42 last week to 43 yesterday. Of those, 19 people recovered, up from six a week earlier, while the number of deaths was unchanged at three.

29-04-2020

After increasing the price of fertilisers in early March, the government reduced them this week, creating confusion around its strategy.

22-04-2020

The past week saw a modest uptick in Syria's confirmed Covid-19 cases, but the apparently slow infection rate has allowed the government to start reopening some shops and official agencies.

15-04-2020

The Syrian minister of health has acknowledged the minuscule number of daily Covid-19 tests being carried out, while the economic consequences of the crisis appear to be increasingly serious.

15-04-2020

An unofficial report suggests that the cost of food has increased in Damascus by a staggering 56 percent since the beginning of the year.

08-04-2020

The number of Syrians who have tested positive for the Coronavirus has increased to 19, according to the Ministry of Health. Two have died and two have recovered.

08-04-2020

The price of gold, a main store of value for Syrians, has risen sharply in the past few weeks, with one gram of gold now equal to around one month of salary.

08-04-2020

The opposition-affiliated trust fund financing projects in areas outside government control announced that it was stepping up its efforts to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus in northern Syria as well as moving ahead with various development projects east of the Euphrates.

01-04-2020

Syria devalued the exchange rate it uses for a broad set of transactions and eased the sale of dollars used to fund key imports last week, as the government seeks to battle both the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequences of the collapse of its currency.

01-04-2020

On March 30, the Ministry of Health announced the death of a second person from the Coronavirus, out of a total of ten positive cases, while the government added new measures to limit the spread of the virus.

01-04-2020

Several influential Syrian businessmen have started using the Coronavirus crisis as a way to improve their image among the Syrian population.

01-04-2020

Iranian supplies of crude oil to Syria seem to have accelerated in recent weeks, according to various sources.

01-04-2020

Share prices in the Damascus Securities Exchange were impacted last month by the spread of the Coronavirus, with trading reduced to one day per week.

25-03-2020

Updated on March 31, 2020: Syria reported its first cases of Coronavirus and accelerated preparations to limit the spread of the pandemic and mitigate its economic, social and health impacts, as the dollar gained almost 20 percent in the black market.

18-03-2020

China remained one of Syria’s main suppliers last year, according to Chinese official data.

18-03-2020

The Syrian government has started imposing the first restrictive measures on public life as the potential spread of the Coronavirus threatens to have a devastating effect on the population and the economy.

04-03-2020

Iran has announced a suspension of its flights to Damascus as rumours spread in Syria about the appearance of the Coronavirus in the country.

04-03-2020

Cham Palaces and Hotels, Syria’s largest five-star hotel chain, said its revenues increased last year, thanks largely to a rising number of foreign tourists.

26-02-2020

The Ministry of Health said today that it has still not recorded any cases of patients affected with the coronavirus.

02-02-2016

Following our report last week on the spread of H1N1 in Syria, more information is available.