Bashar Al Assad and wife recover from Covid-19

Syria has struggled to control spread of the virus due to a war-hit health sector

 Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife Asma Assad. AP 
 Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife Asma Assad. AP 

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and his wife Asma have recovered from Covid-19 and have tested negative for the disease, the country's state news agency said on Tuesday.

"After the end of the quarantine period, symptoms of Covid-19 and negative PCR results, President Bashar Al Assad and Mrs Asma Al Assad have resumed their work normally," Sana reported.

The leader and his spouse had contracted the virus and isolated accordingly.

Syria has seen a sharp rise in infections since mid-February, but has recently kicked off its vaccination campaign.

The nation has had a difficult time controlling the spread of the virus and gaining exact data on how many had contracted Covid-19.

The country's health system has been devastated by a decade of war, making it difficult to mitigate infection rates.

The Assads joined a growing list of world leaders who have tested positive for Covid-19, alongside Britain’s Boris Johnson, France’s Emmanuel Macron and former US President Donald Trump.

Updated: April 1, 2021 12:37 PM


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