According to Doctors Without Borders, a new wave of Covid-19 launches in war-torn northeastern Syria.
The organization said that by April 26, there had been 15,000 cases of illness and 640 deaths, and 960 health workers tested positive for Covid-19.
The warning came after the International Committee of the Red Cross said there was a lack of test equipment and oxygen in the region.
Médecins Sans Frontières says two of the region’s hospitals, which the organization helps, have seen a sharp rise in confirmed cases of infection over the past month. The organization says the number may be much higher because testing is still limited.
The organization says UN agencies cannot provide assistance to the region without the permission of the Syrian government. The only laboratory in the region that can perform tests on Covid is experiencing a “critical shortage” of materials.
Médecins Sans Frontières calls on health and humanitarian organizations to significantly increase their assistance.