In the cramped conditions millions of Syrians are living in, with limited clean water and soap, coronavirus could spread fast and people have little protection. The country's healthcare system is already under huge stress - of the 111 public hospitals in Syria, only 57 are fully functioning. A London School of Economics study predicts once the number of cases passes 6,500, with 5% of these needing ICU, the healthcare system is likely to collapse.
The north west of Syria remains very unstable, with increasing military offence strikes in Southern Idlib and northern Hama. Communities are very vulnerable - there are reports of destruction of hospitals and schools, along with homes. 1.8 million people fled their homes in 2019.
Sanitation and hygiene services such as waste removal systems are limited or non-existent, which has a huge impact on public health. Fuel and electricity are limited, food prices have soared and it is estimated that eighty percent of the population are living in poverty.
Syria also faces a severe hunger crisis with people on the brink of starvation, partly as a result of this pandemic.
It is a difficult and dangerous place for humanitarian assistance - in February 2020, two of Oxfam's local staff members were killed in an attack in Dar'a governorate in Southern Syria.
Despite this, Oxfam and local partners are on the ground now. Since the start of the crisis we've helped over 2 million Syrian people with aid including clean water, cash, essential clothing items, and support to help make a living and grow nutritious food. Now Syrians are facing the deadly threat of coronavirus, they need your help to stay protected.
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