March 14, 2020 / 4:13 PM / 23 days ago

Syria to delay parliamentary elections to May 20 on coronavirus concerns

A health worker tests a man as part of security measures to avoid the spread of coronavirus, at the Bab el-Salam border crossing between the Syrian town of Azaz and the Turkish town of Kilis, seen from Syria, March 14, 2020. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria will postpone parliamentary elections to May 20 from April 13 as a precautionary step against the spread of coronavirus, a statement from the president’s office said on Saturday.

Syria has said it has no confirmed cases but is taking preventative steps such as shutting schools and public venues as it monitors for the virus.

Reporting by Kinda Makieh; Writing by Eric Knecht; Editing by Catherine Evans

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