Graduation ceremony in Izaz city in Aleppo shows a lack of community awareness and commitment to health measures amid the spread of COVID-19 in northwest Syria

Photo shared online on October 2, 2021, showing a packed crowd in a stadium in Izaz city in the northern suburbs of Aleppo attending a graduation ceremony held by al Sham University, with the event violating the simplest precautionary measures of preventing crowded gatherings, observing social distancing measures and wearing facemasks, all of which were introduced to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic among the public.
SNHR notes that the infection cases are increasing in northwest Syria as a result of the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 amid an absence of precautionary measures, with 74,750 cases of infection and 1,260 deaths recorded to date, according to a statement issued by the alert and response network (EWARN) on October 2, 2021.
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, and urge the Syrian Islamic Council and the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, in coordination with all their apparatuses and bodies, to also take serious action in regard to this issue, by promoting and encouraging the ideas of wearing masks and ensuring 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 protect the safety of all members of society and minimize the risk of infection and death.