Coronavirus outbreak in the Qasd regions: the specter of a health disaster


Hasakah | The Kurdish Autonomous Administration-controlled areas in northeastern Syria are witnessing a remarkable increase in the number of infections and deaths with the Coronavirus, with the increasing public fears about the expansion of the disease and the loss of control over it. With most hospitals, medical centers and dispensaries out of government control in those areas, and a large part of them was destroyed by bombing the “International Coalition” aircraft, medical services are almost non-existent, which may herald a health disaster. Statistics issued by the Self-Administration Health Authority show a clear increase in the number of injuries during the last month, with the start of implementing special measures to limit this rise. According to statistics, in just one month, twice as much was recorded in those regions since the outbreak of the virus last April. Between April and early October, the “autonomous” regions recorded 1680 injuries and 67 deaths, bringing the number to 5247 injuries and 135 deaths at the beginning of this month. The opposition “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” doubts these statistics, confirming that the real numbers are much greater, and that there is a large outbreak of the virus, especially in Ain al-Arab (Kobani). “The Observatory” relays what it calls reliable medical sources that “the number of injuries in” self “areas exceeded 20,000 confirmed cases, of which at least 605 died, and 1900 were cured. He showed that “the injuries were concentrated in Ain al-Arab, which recorded more than 6,200 injuries, with more than 13,500 injuries recorded in Hasaka, Raqqa, Deir Ezzor and its countryside.” He describes the reality of the health sector in “self” areas as “tragic and catastrophic, with the inability to conduct tests and swabs for symptomatic carriers of the virus, and record dozens of deaths due to the lack of necessary medical care.”

The counter of infections recorded twice as much in one month as since the virus began

The “Autonomous Administration” had taken measures, including imposing a partial or complete ban on some areas, in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus, but it did not receive the required response from the population. On October 29, the Autonomous Community imposed a partial ban on all areas of its control in Syria, starting from three in the afternoon until the morning hours, but it remained out of implementation. It also approved «imposing a complete closure of Al-Malikiyah district and its towns in the countryside of Hasaka for a period of 14 days, starting from last Friday, due to the high rate of injuries in it. According to local sources from al-Malikiyah, with whom “Al-Akhbar” communicated with them, “The first day witnessed an almost complete commitment from the population,” pointing out that “a state of great anxiety and fear experienced by the people, in light of the recording of daily deaths among their ranks, and the emergence of symptoms of the virus on a large number of them. ». The sources considered that the “lack of” subjectivity “in applying the partial ban measures has led to a gradual increase in the number of injuries. The “self” is facing difficulty in applying the embargo measures due to the difficult economic and living situation experienced by the population, and their need for daily work to secure their livelihood, in light of the continued blockade and US and Western sanctions on the country. The lack of medical services threatens a health catastrophe in the tens of thousands, if high numbers of injuries and deaths continue to be recorded.

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