The Syrian government today announced the largest daily record of coronavirus cases in the war-torn country, whose testing capacity is very limited.

The Health Ministry said 11 people tested positive for Covid-19 on their return from Kuwait yesterday as part of a contingent of Syrians repatriated from the Persian Gulf country.

The new cases brought the total to 70 in the country, with four deaths, the ministry added, cited by the Syrian state news agency SANA.

After years of a bloody war that left hundreds of thousands dead, the Arab country has very little testing capacity and a deeply damaged health infrastructure.

Two northern regions of the country where some 8 million people live are dominated by armed rebels and outside state control, further limiting testing.

In northeastern Syria, the semi-autonomous Kurdish government has begun conducting its own tests, and has so far detected three cases of coronavirus infections and one death.