Lebanese Health Minister May Have COVID-19, Is Quarantining

Dalati Nohra

Caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hassan is in self-isolation after coming into contact with employees from his office who have tested positive for coronavirus, the state-run agency NNA reported on Wednesday.

Hassan is currently in quarantine after three employees from his office got infected with the virus, and is set to remain in quarantine until he undergoes the necessary tests.

Considering that the minister has been seen defying the pandemic without the required preventive measures, this news does not come as a shock. Notably, his participation recently in a large lunch gathering, as well as cutting cakes in a public celebration during a lockdown, and so on.

Five ministers from the current caretaker government have caught the coronavirus so far.

Hasan’s COVID-19 scare comes as the country faces an alarming increase in the daily cases, setting unprecedented records in the past two weeks.

Hospitals around the country have reached an overwhelming capacity, leading doctors to tell families to care for sick loved ones at home because there’s no more space in the wards, in addition to a lack of mechanical ventilators and oxygen tanks.

The country will undergo one of the strictest lockdowns on Thursday, which will last until January 25th, with an all-day curfew set in place to try and relieve the disastrous health care sector.

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