- Title: Never fear: recovered Syrian coronavirus patient recounts journey
- Date: 13th April 2020
- Summary: DAMASCUS, SYRIA (APRIL 9, 2020) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN STUDENT WHO RECOVERED FROM CORONAVIRUS INFECTION, ALI JAHJAH, SAYING (SPEAKING ON SKYPE): "Definitely, staying at home in quarantine after (recovery) is a must, for 10 or 14 days. I have also taken the necessary measures including sterilisation and following a healthy diet."
- Keywords: COVID-19 Coronavirus Curfew Quarantine Syria
- Reuters ID: LVA004C9BRB6D
- Location: DAMASCUS, SYRIA
- City: DAMASCUS, SYRIA
- Country: Syria
- Duration: 00:00:16
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Living / Lifestyle,Society/Social Issues
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: PART QUALITY AS INCOMING
Syrian student Ali Jahjah is among five coronavirus patients who recovered from the disease in the war-torn country, where the Health Ministry confirmed a total of 25 cases.
The 20-year-old medical student was initially infected while studying in the Iranian city of Qom.
Upon his return to Syria, he was treated in a medical isolation centre in the capital, where he tried to stay calm by standing on his balcony and taking deep breaths.
Syrian health officials said there are 450 isolation rooms currently equipped to receive patients. The ministry conducts between 100-200 coronavirus tests daily, with plans to increase that number.
With a health system ravaged by almost a decade of civil war, it is widely feared Syria will not be able to contain the coronavirus.
(Production: Kinda Makieh, Firas Makdesi)
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