Coronavirus Patient in Lebanon is Being Sued for Infecting Others and Not Isolating

The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir

Naharnet reports that a young man is being sued by the governor of Akkar for refusing to quarantine himself and infecting others after being tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Monday, March 30th, Governor Imad al-Labaki filed a lawsuit against the coronavirus patient who disregarded medical advice that cautioned him to isolate himself until taking a second test, according to the National News Agency.

After mixing with relatives and neighbors, he was arrested by the Intelligence Branch of the Internal Security Forces. His remissness resulted in the spread of the virus among several people in his town.

According to the National News Agency, the Governor of Akkar has decided to prosecute the young man on the basis of violating Article 604 of the law.

Article 604 states that anyone who is negligent and does not observe laws and regulations during the spread of an epidemic disease will face imprisonment for up to 6 months. Anyone who knowingly refuses to take caution will be sentenced to prison for one to three years.

Coronavirus cases in Lebanon are spreading rapidly and increasing every day since February. As of April 1st, the total number of cases is 463 and with 12 total deaths.

The government has ordered a lockdown until April 12th and issued a curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. in efforts to decrease the spread of the virus. However, according to the heavy traffic witnessed in Lebanon on Tuesday and Wednesday, there seems to be a loss of control on the general mobilization.

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