Cabinet suspends public transportation as part of efforts to protect against Coronavirus

Damascus, SANA – The Cabinet called on all citizens to follow the Health Ministry’s guidelines for protection against Coronavirus (COVID-19) in terms of avoiding gatherings, using sanitizers, paying attention to personal hygiene.

During its weekly session on Sunday chaired by Prime Minister Imad Khamis, and to enhance the procedures of voluntary self-isolation to avoid resorting to mandatory isolation, the Cabinet suspended all forms of mass public and private transportation within provinces as of 8 PM on Monday and between provinces as of 8 PM on Tuesday, with the stipulation that ministries, union, and private production establishments provide transportation for their workers.

The Cabinet also adopted the plan of the Health Ministry and other ministries for the next six months to confront the Coronavirus, which involves expanding quarantine and isolation centers, forming 19 emergency team for epidemical detection, and setting up addition labs for diagnosing the virus in Damascus, Lattakia, and Aleppo in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO).

In addition, the Cabinet allowed private sector establishments that produce sanitizers and detergents to import the necessary materials for making sanitizers and rubbing alcohol for 15 days.

The Cabinet affirmed that stocks of consumer products are available and sufficient for the coming months, requesting that the Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Ministry send cars to distribute bread in city centers and rural areas.

Hazem Sabbagh

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