Update: Coronavirus crisis in North and East Syria – October 2020

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Our latest monthly update on the coronavirus crisis in North and East Syria finds:

  • October sees as many deaths and twice as many cases as rest of year combined
  • Exponential growth through September and October with daily cases increasing tenfold
  • Partial quarantine reintroduced across NES amid negligible adherence to public safety measures
  • Capacity to be exceeded before virus peaks in 2021
  • NES currently has 59 beds for severe cases, not all of which have ventilators
  • “Acute shortages” of testing kits, medical supplies and protective equipment
  • Multiple confirmed cases in Hol and Areesha Camps, while other IDP camps still lack isolation facilities or trained staff

Download the full report here, and contact RIC for further comment, analysis and information.