Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma have tested positive for Covid-19 after showing mild symptoms, the government in Damascus said today.
Assad’s office said the president, 55, and his wife, 45, were in good health and would continue to work while isolating at home for up to three weeks.
It makes him the latest in a lengthening line of world leaders to be infected with the virus after Boris Johnson and Donald Trump were both hospitalised with Covid-19 and others including Emmanuel Macron and Jair Bolsonaro had milder cases.
Syria has officially recorded around 16,000 cases and 1,000 deaths, but the true numbers are likely to be far higher because of scarce testing, the dire economic situation and the government’s limited control over the country.
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Source: Daily Mail