President Assad of Syria and his wife have been diagnosed with Covid-19. They have gone into isolation and the president will continue to work from home for three weeks.
President Assad and wife test positive for COVID-19
Syria’s leader Bashar and wife, Asma have confirmed they have both been infected with the coronavirus. They have both shown minor symptoms according to presidential sources. The family was said to be in good health and proceed immediately to isolation. The president is also expected to work from home till he fully recovers.
An estimated timeline of 14 to 21 days has been given for the duo to recover fully. Syria has seen a surge in coronavirus infection rates since the beginning of this year. However, locking the country down is not an option because the country has suffered a lot from the war, and they require economic help.
The government has already begun to give Covid-19 jabs to front-line workers since the beginning of this month. The COVID-19 figures in the country are 16,000, and they have more than a thousand fatalities. This number isn't reliable as health officials have suffered from limited testing capabilities.
Syria facing tough times as war continues
Syria is really in a bad situation and this latest news of their president suffering from COVID-19 came at a bad time. The nation has seen many health workers flee the country due to the wars and face an uphill task recruiting more workers. During the first wave, the country issues a curfew, however bars, restaurants, and shops remain open. However, the curfew is likely to be eased by April's ending.
The conflict in Syria started when rebels wanted to overthrow his government, however, a defiant Assad stood his ground. The situation has affected key economic investment in the country, and the coronavirus came at a bad time. The president hasn't been having any health challenges in recent times.