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Syrian President, Wife Test Positive For COVID-19

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a statement from the presidency, the duo experienced mild symptoms on Monday.

“After experiencing mild symptoms that resemble… COVID-19, President al-Assad and first lady Asma Al-Assad took a PCR test, and the result showed that they are infected with the virus.”

“They are in good health and their condition is stable,” the statement read.

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The statement posted to SANA said the Assads “wish safety and well-being for all Syrians and all the peoples of the world from this virus,” calling on Syrians to follow health protocols.

Syria has recorded nearly 16,000 virus cases in government-held parts of the country as well as 1,063 deaths, but the numbers are believed to be much higher with limited amounts of PCR tests being done.

Syria began a vaccination campaign last week, but no details have been given about the process.

The health minister said the government procured the vaccines from a friendly country, which he declined to name.

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