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Bashar and Asma al-Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife, First Lady Asma both have become infected with COVID-19, the Reuters news agency reported Monday.

Assad and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus after both began experiencing mild symptoms of the virus, according to a statement issued Monday by the Syrian president’s office.

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The statement said both were in “good health” and will continue to work during their quarantine at home.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.