Syrian president, wife recover from COVID

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma have recovered from COVID-19 and have tested negative for the disease.

"After the end of the quarantine period, symptoms of COVID-19 and negative PCR results, President Bashar al-Assad and Mrs Asma al-Assad have resumed their work normally," the Syrian presidency said in a statement.

The presidency had announced that Assad and his wife, who announced her recovery from breast cancer in 2019, had tested positive on March 8.

Syria has seen a sharp rise in infections since mid-February, a member of the government's coronavirus advisory committee said last week as the country kicked off its vaccination campaign.