Syria's President Bashar al-Assad tests positive for Covid-19

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and his wife have tested positive for Covid-19, the Syrian presidency said in a statement on Monday.

The president and his wife Asma al-Assad were tested for the coronavirus after experiencing “mild symptoms”. This showed that the test was positive.

“Both are in good health and in stable condition and will continue to work during their two or three week quarantine period,” it said.

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Assad joins a growing list of world leaders who have tested positive for the coronavirus, including French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and former President Donald Trump.

News comes that same month that the country marks 10 years of war that killed hundreds of thousands, displaced half of the population and decimated the economy.

Assad has been in power since 2000 and his family has ruled Syria for half a century.

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