Interior Minister: Decision to restrict commuting seeks to reduce crowding and prevent the spread of Coronavirus

Damascus, SANA – Interior Minister Mohammad Khaled al-Rahmoun said the decision taken by the government team to confront the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to restrict movement between province centers and rural areas aims at reducing crowding, thereby preventing the spread of the virus.

In an interview given to the Syrian TV on Saturday, Rahmoun said that the decision restricts movement between each province center and its rural areas, and not movement between provinces, which seeks to reduce crowding and contact among individuals in cities to prevent the spreading of contagion.

He noted that people were given 48 hours before the decision comes into effect so that they could resolve any business they have at city centers.

The Minister said that all decisions taken to confront Coronavirus by restricting movement exclude exceptional cases such as patients who need urgent medical attention, as well as the cases that are essential for the work of the health and production sectors.

He went on to say that the decisions also permit the movement of vehicles that transport petroleum products, food, and supplies, adding that a number of steps have been taken to deliver food and supplies to remote villages.

Hazem Sabbagh

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