UN SYRIA HUMANITARIAN

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Humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock told the Security Council that “reports from inside Syria continue to point to a much broader spread of COVID-19 that the number of confirmed cases, which is currently about 3,600.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 16 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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16 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Andrew Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“Reports from inside Syria continue to point to a much broader spread of COVID-19 that the number of confirmed cases, which is currently about 3,600. We will not be able grasp the extent of the outbreak unless and until laboratory testing is increased across the country. But we do know that community transmission is widespread as nearly 90 percent of new confirmed cases cannot be traced to a known source. Infections rates among health workers have also been rising. Syria lacked the health workers it needed even before the pandemic. Supply shortages and temporary shutdowns add even more pressure to the decimated health system.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Andrew Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“The majority of assistance continues to be provided from within Syria reaching over four million people every month. In July, humanitarian operations from within Syria in fact reached 4.6 million people, amounting to food assistance delivered to 3.8 million people and more than 900,000 medical procedures and over a million treatment courses for people with illnesses needing drugs. All efforts are being made also to continue routine immunizations which have been disrupted in Syria, as indeed as in other parts of the world, as a result of the COVID pandemic.”
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Humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock today (16 Sep) told the Security Council that “reports from inside Syria continue to point to a much broader spread of COVID-19 that the number of confirmed cases, which is currently about 3,600.”

Lowcock said, “we will not be able grasp the extent of the outbreak unless and until laboratory testing is increased across the country. But we do know that community transmission is widespread as nearly 90 percent of new confirmed cases cannot be traced to a known source.

Infections rates among health workers, he said, “have also been rising.”

In his briefing to the Council, the Emergency Relief Coordinator said, “the majority of assistance continues to be provided from within Syria reaching over four million people every month. In July, humanitarian operations from within Syria in fact reached 4.6 million people, amounting to food assistance delivered to 3.8 million people and more than 900,000 medical procedures and over a million treatment courses for people with illnesses needing drugs.”

Lowcock said, “all efforts are being made also to continue routine immunizations which have been disrupted in Syria, as indeed as in other parts of the world, as a result of the COVID pandemic.”

According to OCHA, the unemployment rate in Syria increased from 42 percent in 2019 to nearly 50 percent in August. OCHA reaches 7.2 million people every month, including some 5.4 million in need of food assistance.
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