"The [Assad] regime treats this pandemic, first and foremost, as a threat to its stability and grip on power and not as a public health emergency that needs to be addressed by competent professionals."
On March 30, the Syrian regime reported the first coronavirus death in the country. Since then, the reported number of cases in the war-torn country has been very low, but many observers speculate that the actual number of infected cases is much higher than officially reported. To assess the implications of the pandemic on Syria’s three areas of control and the impact of the coronavirus on the country’s health system, Wikistrat interviewed Syria expert Elizabeth Tsurkov.
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