Number of coronavirus cases rises to 22

Hassan added that even though the sense of worry about the current state is understandable, people should avoid “panicking hysterically."
by Perla Kantarjian

6 March 2020 | 19:31

Source: by Annahar

  • by Perla Kantarjian
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 6 March 2020 | 19:31

Photo shows Lebanon's Red Cross (AP Photo).

BEIRUT: On Friday, the number of coronavirus cases registered in Lebanon increased to a total of 22.

In its daily report on the latest updates of the novel coronavirus in Lebanon, the Rafic Hariri University Hospital announced that six new cases were recorded.

Within the past 24 hours, the hospital’s emergency room received 87 cases who underwent the necessary medical examinations.

Accordingly, 20 cases were quarantined while the rest were advised to adhere to in-home quarantine.

The report also stated that a total of 127 cases underwent the required laboratory tests, of which 121 tested negative, and 6 positive, which raised the number of local coronavirus patients to 22.

Among the 22 coronavirus patients, the two Iranian patients’ condition remains critical, while that of the remaining 19 is stable.

In a press conference that took place earlier on Friday at the Bouar governmental hospital, the Minister of Public Health Hamad Hassan disclosed the new update on the number of coronavirus cases in Lebanon, reminding the Lebanese people to avoid public places, limit physical contact, and respect the instructions being given by the ministry.

Hassan stated that with the spread of the virus, Lebanon is no longer in the coronavirus containment phase.

“The virus is spreading in Lebanon,” Hassan said. “However, till this very moment, the situation is under control.”

Hassan added that even though the sense of worry about the current state is understandable, people should avoid “panicking hysterically,” as the latter behaviour will demoralize them and everybody around them.

He also called on officials to assume their required responsibilities.

Also on Friday, and because of outbreak concerns, the committee  issued a statement ordering the extension of educational institutions closure until March 14.

The closure of gyms, cinemas, theaters and nightclubs was also ordered.

The committee urged Lebanese citizens to follow the Ministry of Health instructions, including avoiding crowded places and managing self-hygiene.

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