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Al Jazeera 8 Apr 2020

Extreme medical shortages in rebel-held Idlib city in Syria


Aid groups are concerned about the possibility of the coronavirus pandemic reaching rebel-held Idlib city in Syria.
Fears continue in the rebel-held Idlib city of northwest Syria as the pandemic sweeps the world.
Its population lives under extreme shortages of medicine, and supplies in its hospitals have been depleted by nearly 10 years of war.
Some in Idlib city have taken matters into their own hands, producing masks.
The production provides jobs for the locals, and for some of them, a hope for a better future.
Al Jazeera's Sinem Koseoglu reports.

In northern Syria, a coronavirus outbreak in the last rebel-held province of Idlib could potentially kill 100,000 people, according to officials. The squalid, cramped conditions in the area make self-isolation impossible, and a doctor warned that once COVID-19 is there it will spread quickly. CBS News producer Pinar Sevinclidir reports.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson - one of the most high-profile coronavirus patients yet - remains in intensive care in London.
He was transferred to the ICU in a London hospital after his symptoms got worse on Monday night.
With the prime minister out of action, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is stepping in to lead the government in the interim.
Al Jazeera's Neave Barker reports.

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