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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.


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.


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.

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.


The Syrian government has walked back from a decision that sought to limit inflation on consumer goods, relieving importers of most commodities from the obligation to sell a fixed share of their imports to state-owned entities at cost price.


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.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decision this month to open two university-affiliated medical institutions in opposition-held parts of Syria, provoking Damascus to accuse Ankara of carrying out “Turkification” in the country’s north.


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.


Official data showed 536 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Syria over the past week, bringing the total number of cases recorded in the country since the start of the pandemic to 43,592.


The Central Bank of Syria (CBS) has started to circulate SYP 5,000 notes, the highest ever denomination of the currency to be issued, in an acknowledgement of the intractable inflation that has been afflicting the country for years.


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.


Turkey has opened a third branch of its Post and Telegraph Organisation (PTT) in Tal Abyad near the Turkish border, in a further expansion of Ankara’s economic influence in northern parts of Syria outside regime control.


Positive cases of Covid-19 recorded in Syria reached 42,362 this week, up from 40,369 a week earlier, while Jordanian authorities started to administer free vaccines to Syrian refugees in the country.


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.


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 pandemic has continued to spread rapidly in Syria, with opposition-controlled parts of Idlib and the Aleppo countryside particularly hard hit.


The Syrian National Army, which is affiliated with the opposition Syrian Interim Government, issued a decree in mid-October banning its armed factions from imposing taxes on fruit-bearing trees in the border areas that were captured in Turkish military operations, including the Afrin area northwest of Aleppo city.


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.


Syria saw a new increase in the number of people tested positive with Covid-19 to 17,925 since the beginning of the pandemic. Northern areas in particular have seen a surge in infected people.


The number of positive Covid-19 cases in government areas increased by seven percent in the past week, rising to 5,528 from 5,180 a week ago. Out of these, there are still 3,432 active cases, 1,821 recoveries, and 275 fatalities.


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.


The Syrian Interim Government declared Al-Bab "a disaster area" on October 11, as the town represents an estimated two-thirds of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the northern Aleppo and Idlib areas.


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 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.


In this 2,800-word factsheet we provide an overview of Syria's wheat sector and of the challenges it faces.

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.


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.


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.


The spread of the Coronavirus is accelerating in Syria, although the government said that the dire economic conditions exclude a new lockdown.


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 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.


The collapse of the Syrian currency is accelerating the transition to the Turkish lira in northern parts of the country, integrating them more deeply into the Turkish economy and away from the rest of the country.


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.


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.


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.