The number of cases of COVID-19 virus in Lebanon has reached 206 people. Tests in 24 patients showed positive results per day, according to a report from the Ministry of Health on Saturday.
“After receiving tests from private hospitals, which added to the list of medical facilities capable of diagnosing the virus, the number of confirmed cases of the disease reached 206 people,” the report says. According to the document of the Ministry of Health, this number speaks of a new level of virus spread in the country, in connection with which the authorities are required to tighten control over the implementation of government decisions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“All citizens must stay at home, and any violator of this order will be prosecuted,” the ministry’s document says.
The Lebanese government has announced an epidemiological emergency regime starting March 16, taking a number of measures to prevent the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the country. By the decision of the government, all land borders and seaports were closed. The last passenger plane left Lebanon’s only air harbor on March 18.
In Lebanon, three deaths from a coronavirus have been officially confirmed; one person recovered. For the second week, by order of the authorities, cinemas, museums, gyms were closed and conferences were canceled. Since Friday, restaurants, bars, and cafes have been closed throughout the country. All measures taken by the authorities were declared preventive and taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The first case of the disease in the country was detected on February 21 at a Lebanese citizen who arrived from abroad.