The Ministry of Public Health confirmed in its March 27th coronavirus (COVID-19) report that the total of cases in Lebanon has risen to 391.
The report said: “Until 27/03/2020, the total of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases at Rafik Hariri University Hospital, accredited university hospital laboratories, as well as private laboratories has reached 391 after 23 cases were recorded since yesterday.”
One new COVID-19-related death was also confirmed today. The ministry said the deceased was in his 70s and was suffering from chronic diseases. He passed away at Saint George University Hospital.
With 7 deaths and 23 recoveries recorded in total so far, the number of active coronavirus cases in Lebanon has become 361 on Friday.
According to the latest data shared by the Ministry of Public Health, 947 patients are currently in quarantine and 3 cases are considered critical out of the total cases, as of March 27th.
Moreover, a total of 5,700 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Lebanon so far. In the report, the Health Ministry restated the importance of committing to the government’s general mobilization guidelines and self-isolation.
It affirmed that all citizens should adhere to the “implementation of all preventive measures, especially the commitment to complete domestic isolation, which has become an individual and societal moral responsibility that is incumbent on every citizen.”
This comes with the warning that negligence in the application of these measures “will expose the violator to legal and criminal prosecution.”
Yesterday, the Lebanese government imposed a 7 PM to 5 AM curfew and extended the period of the general mobilization, which was initially planned to end on March 29th.
This was after the Ministry of Public Health announced in its March 26th coronavirus report that 35 new cases were recorded on Thursday.
While Lebanese Army soldiers and members of the country’s security forces are making sure citizens remain at home and adhere to the government’s guidelines, they’re being exposed to the risk of contracting the disease themselves.
On Thursday, the Lebanese Army closed 384 shops, dispersed 30 private and public gatherings, and assisted municipalities in enforcing the government’s decisions, according to the National Operation Room for Disaster Management.
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