COVID-19 cases rise to 206, Lebanon now in virus outbreak phase

Prime Minister Hassan Diab will address the nation at 7 p.m. to further discuss the latest coronavirus updates.
by Sandra Abdelbaki

21 March 2020 | 20:17

Source: by Annahar

  • by Sandra Abdelbaki
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 21 March 2020 | 20:17

A man wears a tear gas mask to help protect himself from the new coronavirus as he walks at Beirut's seaside corniche, on Saturday, March 21. (AP Photo).

BEIRUT: Lebanon stepped into the COVID-19 outbreak phase after the total number of coronavirus cases reached 206 on Saturday, according to the Ministry of Public Health.

“In addition to the previous report and after receiving the laboratory results of the new private hospitals that have recently joined the list of accredited university hospital laboratories and whose results were not previously sent when the statement was issued, the final total number of cases confirmed as of 21/03/2020 is 206 cases," a statement issued by the Ministry of Public Health read.

The ministry stressed on the importance of abiding by the preventive measures and in-home quarantine, which has become an individual and societal moral responsibility.

In accordance with the fast outbreak of the virus, Prime Minister Hassan Diab addressed the nation on Saturday night to further discuss the latest coronavirus updates.

“Failure to adhere to the measures indicates lack of awareness of the risks' magnitude, which leads us to call on the army and security forces to strictly take the necessary measures to keep the Lebanese at home,” Diab stated in his address.

Diab also asked the Lebanese to implement “self-curfew” and take responsibility for their actions because the government can’t face this virus alone.

Diab concluded his address with issuing the following decisions:

1-Assigning the army command, the General Directorate of Internal Security Forces, the General Directorate of General Security and the General Directorate of State Security responsible on making sure individuals abide by in-home quarantine and to prevent gatherings of all kinds.

2- Implementing stricter surveillance on manufacturing, importing, storing, exporting and distributing all materials, equipment and devices concerned with personal health protection, prevention and treatment of the coronavirus.

3-Determining the needs of public and private health institutions, and the needs of the Lebanese from equipment and devices concerned with the prevention and treatment of Coronavirus, in addition to controlling their prices.

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