Civilians crowd in mourning event in Souran town in Aleppo suburbs amid the spread of COVID-19 pandemic

A photo shared online on September 2, 2020, shows a mourning event held for a woman who died due to infection with the COVID-19 coronavirus in Souran town in the northern suburbs of Aleppo governorate, with mourners clearly ignoring the importance of wearing masks and maintaining social distancing despite the presence of the dead women’s family members who were in contact with her which violates all the precautionary measures introduced to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic among the public.
SNHR notes that the epidemiological surveillance laboratory of the early warning, alert and response network (EWARN) declared the first positive test of coronavirus Covid-19 in north Syria on July 9, 2020, with the total number of cases so far reaching 89 with 2 deaths as of the current date.
We affirm that the responsibility  for raising awareness and ensuring compliance with the essential health measures lies with the local council and the governing forces, as well as the relevant sports organizations, and urge the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, in coordination with all its apparatuses and bodies, to also take serious action in regard to this issue, by promoting and encouraging the idea of wearing masks and physical and social distancing, and by issuing bulletins and regular  data on the latest figures and following up on the implementation of these measures to preserve the safety of all members of society and minimize the risk of infection and death.