Lebanon's coronavirus cases rise to 99

On Sunday, the Council of Ministers in Lebanon will hold an emergency session to look into the latest developments and required procedures to restrict the spread of the coronavirus.
by Perla Kantarjian

14 March 2020 | 23:25

Source: by Annahar

  • by Perla Kantarjian
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 14 March 2020 | 23:25

Volunteers with Lebanon's Disaster Management Unit disinfect a currency exchange in the southern city of Saida (AFP)

BEIRUT: The tally of coronavirus cases in Lebanon has increased to 99, according to a statement issued Saturday by the Ministry of Public Health.

The number includes patients who underwent lab tests and tested positive and was confirmed by the Rafic Hariri University Hospital.

The statement said that tests were conducted on all suspected individuals who arrived from countries with the COVID-19 outbreak, and anyone who came in contact with them.

The ministry urged Lebanese to take the necessary precautions as previously outlined and to only leave home if and when absolutely necessary.

On Saturday, the United Arab Emirates suspended flights to and from Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Iraq, to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which was declared a world pandemic by the World Health Organization days earlier. 

The Lebanese government will hold on Sunday an emergency session to look into the latest developments and procedures to restrict the spread of the coronavirus.

The emergency session will be preceded by a meeting of the Supreme Defense Council.

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