Health Ministry: 4224 out of 6781 quarantined people discharged so far

DAMASCUS, SANA- The Ministry of Health announced that the number of persons who have been quarantined from the 5th of February 2020 until May 14th is 6781, 4224 of them were discharged while 2557 are still under health observation .

Assistant Director of the Contagious and Terminal Diseases Department at the Ministry Dr. Atef al-Tawil stated on Thursday that 13 planes transporting 2770 Syrians stranded abroad arrived in Syria coming from nine countries via Syrian Airlines in the last two weeks , stressing that the quarantine centers have been prepared, to accommodate all the coming persons, in cooperation with the Ministries of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Religious Trust ,and Labor and Social Affairs.

The Ministry confirmed that all the services provided in the quarantine centers in addition to the tests to detect the coronavirus for the coming Syrians are completely free of charge, giving priority to the elderly, the chronically ill, pregnant women and people with disabilities.

Coronavirus may never go away, WHO warns

Washington, (ST) - The new coronavirus may never go away and populations around the world will have to learn to live with it, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned.

As some countries around the world begin gradually easing lockdown restrictions imposed in a bid to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading, the WHO said it may never be wiped out entirely.

The virus first emerged in Wuhan in China late last year and has since infected more than 4.2 million people and killed nearly 300,000 worldwide.

Global death toll from COVID-19 surpasses 282,000

The global death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 282,000, according to a database compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The total number of cases is currently over 4,102,849, while the number of recoveries is at 1,411,619.

Russia has registered 11,656 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours (11,012 yesterday), with the total count now reaching 221,344, the national coronavirus response center said on Monday.

"Over the past 24 hours, 11,656 COVID-19 cases have been registered in 84 regions. Of these, 5,417 (or 46.5 percent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the center said in a statement.

This brings the total tally to 221,344 in 85 regions across Russia.

Of all the new cases, 6,169 have been registered in Moscow, 1,079 in Moscow region and 307 in St. Petersburg .The country's COVID-19 death toll has increased by 94 (88 yesterday) to 2,009.

As many as 5,495 COVID-19 patients have recovered over the past 24 hours (2,390 yesterday) in Russia, bringing the total number of cured people to 39,801.

South Africa's coronavirus cases jumped to more than 10000

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, (ST) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has topped 10,000, including 194 fatalities, Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced on Sunday.

"As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 10,015, the minister said in a statement.

UN officials call on the occupation authorities to release Palestinian children in Israeli prisons

Occupied al-Quds, (ST) - UN officials called on the Israeli occupation authorities to release all Palestinian child prisoners held in their jails in light of the crisis caused by the outbreak of the new Corona virus.

The humanitarian coordinator in the Occupied Palestinian territories, Jimmy McGoldrick, head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian territories, James Hennan, and the Special Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF in Palestine, Genevieve Poutin, in a joint statement today reported by Wafa News Agency, expressed their concern about the continued detention of the occupation authorities for Palestinian children.