DAMASCUS, July 14 (Xinhua) -- New COVID-19 cases were reported in both the rebel-held and government-controlled areas in Syria on Tuesday, activists and state media reported.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three new cases have been recorded in the rebel-held areas in Idlib province and northern Aleppo province in northern Syria over the past 24 hours.
The UK-based watchdog group placed the overall number of infections in rebel-held areas at eight.
Meanwhile, the state news agency SANA said 22 new cases were reported on Tuesday as well as two new deaths.
It placed the overall number of infections in government-controlled areas at 439, including 138 recoveries and 21 deaths.
The new toll in opposition and government-controlled areas doesn't include six cases that have been recently recorded in the Kurdish-controlled areas in northeastern Syria.
The Syrian government has taken several measures to prevent the spread of the virus such as a curfew and shutdown of businesses.
However, with the tough economic situation and the new sanctions imposed on the country, the government eased the measures while urging people to adhere to safety measures.
China has offered help to Syria to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 15, China delivered the first batch of medical aid, including 2,016 COVID-19 test kits, to Syria.
On April 23, a video-conference was held between Chinese and Syrian medical experts for sharing the experience in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
On June 4 and June 24, Syria received another two batches of medical supplies donated by China, including test kits, protective suits, masks, goggles, and infrared thermometers.