Work at ministries and affiliated institutions will be suspended until further notice within anti-coronavirus precautionary measures

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Prime Minister Imad Khamis on Saturday issued a circular asking all ministers to suspend work at the ministries and their affiliated institutions where suspension of work does not hinder efforts to fight the danger of coronavirus spread.

 Suspension will start tomorrow and last until further notice.

The new decision is part of the government's precautionary measures to confront coronavirus and to fortify public safety in the country.

According to the circular, the number of employees in the institutions that are necessary to continue working will be kept to a minimum. Suspension excludes all kinds of productive facilities.

The Army General Command takes precautionary measures against Coronavirus

 The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces has taken several precautionary measures to prevent the possible spread of coronavirus in Syria, given the fact that the novel virus is posing a threat to the entire world.

The measures are part of the Command's duties to protect the health of the Syrian soldiers and to maintain the immunity of the homeland and citizens against any danger or threat.

Several bulletines containing preventive instructions were issued aiming to preserve the safty of servicemen at their work and residence places, the command said in a statement on Saturday.

The spread of drug abuse and planting Cannabis in Turkish- occupied areas in Syria

HASAKA, (ST)_ Turkish regime's mercenaries encourage  drug production in the areas they occupy in north Syria. 
Local sources said that the mercenaries of Turkish regime encourage youths and teenagers to use drugs through selling the drugs at cheap prices. 
The mercenaries also plant Hashish [known as Cannabis plant] in the lands , which are under their control. 
Add to that, the sources asserted that the mercenaries in Ras al-Ayn city facilitate the smuggling of drugs through the Turkish border in order to be distributed by small groups among youths and teenagers. 

Syrian army foils Turkish-backed terrorist groups' infiltration attempt into a town in Idleb

IDLEB, (ST)_Turkish-backed terrorist groups attacked Syrian army's positions on the axis of Hzarin town in a new violation of the ceasefire agreement reached between Russian and the Turkish regime on March 5th. 
According to the Syrian News Agency (SANA), a large number of terrorists, who are positioned in al-Fatira town, attacked this morning Syrian army's positions on the axis of Hzarin axis in southern Idleb countryside.

Foreign Ministry: Syria calls for the immediate lifting of coercive measures in light of the spread of Coronavirus in neighboring countries

On March 19, Syria called on the international community to respect the principles of international humanitarian law and the sanctity of human life and work to lift unilateral coercive measures immediately and unconditionally, especially in the circumstances of the spread of  Coronavirus in neighboring countries.

An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said: “In light of the escalation of the risks posed by the Coronavirus and the international mobilization to confront this epidemic, contain it and prevent its spread, the United States of America  and the European Union continue to impose illegal unilateral restrictive measures on a number of countries, some of which suffer greatly from the spread  of this virus in a blatant violation human rights and the most basic human values and principles.”
The source added that the Syrian Arab Republic, whose people have suffered and continue to suffer from terrorist aggression and illegal unilateral coercive measures that affect the lives of citizens, especially in the health sector, calls on the international community to respect the principles of international humanitarian law and the sanctity of human life and work to immediately lift these sanctions, especially under these conditions in which Coronavirus is spreading in neighboring countries.

The source added that Syria at the same time renews its full solidarity with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Cuba and all the countries in which the epidemic has spread or face the risk of spread. These countries are  subject to sanctions at a time, when the efforts should be targeted towards uniting work to save humanity from this epidemic.