Syria's Ambassador to Russia Riad Haddad has denied media reporting that President Assad had been taken to Moscow for treatment after coming down with the coronavirus.
"These rumours are absolutely false. Mr. President is in Syria. Claims to the contrary are untrue," Haddad told Sputnik on Friday.
Haddad's remarks follow reports in English, Turkish and Arabic-language media and social media news services over the past 24 hours claiming that the Syrian president and first lady were transferred to Moscow for urgent care as their condition worsened.
Bashar and Asma Assad announced Monday that they had tested positive for coronavirus and went into self-isolation. The presidential press service indicated that the couple's condition was stable, and said that they would continue to perform their duties under quarantine, which is expected to last two or three weeks.