DAMASCUS, March 13 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian government on Friday suspended schools and universities until early April as part of its preventive measures against the novel coronavirus.
Also, the work of cleaning and sanitizing dormitories will begin to ensure safety, the state TV reported.
The government will also minimize the number of active state employees during the same period.
The measures were taken in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19, a viral respiratory disease, in neighboring countries.
So far, Syria has not reported any case of COVID-19 infection.