Syria on Sunday confirmed its first case of the coronavirus as Damascus announced a ban on public transport.

Iran Press/Middle East: Health Minister Dr. Nizar Yazigi said that the first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) was registered in Syria in a person who had come from abroad.

In a statement given over the phone to the Syrian TV on Sunday evening, Yazigi said that the Ministry’s labs reported the first case of coronavirus to be registered in Syria and that all necessary measures have been taken to deal with this situation.

The Minister said the patient, a man in his twenties, had arrived from abroad and hadn’t shown any symptoms upon entering Syria, and the Contagious and Terminal Diseases teamed followed up on his condition due to the fact that he came from an area where there are infections, with the tests conducted on a sample taken from him revealing that he was infected.

Yazigi urged citizens to exercise caution and stay at home, and commit to the procedures for protection against coronavirus. 101