Syria canceled Christmas and New Year celebrations because of the coronavirus

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The Syrian government has decided to cancel the mass celebrations of New Year and Christmas because of the threat of coronavirus infection, the Al Watan newspaper reported on Wednesday, November 18, citing the director of the Department of Quality Control at the Ministry of Tourism Ziyad Balhi.

“It has been decided not to grant permission to hold festive mass events at tourist sites and restaurants, but this does not mean their closure,” he said.

At the same time, Balhi specified that these events imply a mass gathering of people, which violates the established restrictions in all tourist facilities.

On October 7 SAR President Bashar Al-Assad stated that Syria would request supplies of Russian vaccine against COVID-19 and would hold negotiations with Moscow on this issue. Speaking about the volume of vaccine, Asad specified that it depends on available quantity of preparation.