The Health Directorate of Tartus has stepped up medical measures to check arrivals through Arida border-crossing with Lebanon to the Syrian territories since Tuesday.
The Health Directorate of Tartus was provided with the necessary medical staff to carry out medical examinations and a sanitary dormitory for infected people with coronavirus, if they were among those coming from Lebanon.
The director of health in Tartous, Ahmed Ammar told North-Press, that the Ministry of Health has alerted in all governorates after the spread of coronavirus, which is occupying the world now.
Ammar explained that the health measures to deal with the arrivals at Arida border-crossing include activating the role of the health dormitory located in Arida crossing, and the development of protection and safety procedures through the application of a thermal scanning mechanism for all arrivals via the crossing.
Dr. Issa Hanna, the head of the health zone in Safsafa, southeast of Tartus, said that the aim of the medical examinations at Arida border-crossing is to quarantine potential patients with coronavirus.
Dr. Hanna added that if there is a Syrian who is infected with coronavirus, he would be quarantined in al-Hamdiya Health Center, but in the event that a foreign person is suspected, he will be returned to where he came from.
In addition to the work of the medical staff, the arrivals are provided with health advice and instructions to prevent the infection.
On Friday, the World Health Organization expert, Ira Longini warned that the infection with the new coronavirus might affect two-thirds of the planet's population.
Bloomberg quoted Longini, the co-director of the Center for Statistics and Quantitative Infectious Diseases at the University of Florida: "Quarantine measures may slow the spread of the virus, but it will not stop it, because coronavirus managed to infiltrate out of China before taking these measures."