The Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon, Wang Kejian, discussed a few days ago with some of the Lebanese officials the outbreak of the coronavirus and the measures taken to prevent the spread of this deadly virus in Lebanon and among the Lebanese in China.
The Chinese Ambassador met with Prime Minister Dr. Hassan Diab, stressing that no cases of the deadly coronavirus were recorded among Lebanese nationals in China.
"I have assured the PM that so far there are no cases of the virus among the Chinese community in Lebanon or among Lebanese nationals in China," Ambassador Wang Kajian stated.
He also met with the newly appointed Minister of Public Health, Dr. Hamad Hassan, were they discussed measures taken to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in Lebanon.
After the meeting, Minister Hassan delivered a statement in which he praised the preventive measures taken by the Chinese authorities, especially within the Wuhan region where the epidemic is spreading.
He also praised the steps being implemented in various Arab and international airports, in addition to the measures being implemented by the World Health Organization and the ministries of health.
He went on stressing that: "there weren't any Coronavirus cases among the Lebanese citizens present in China, noting that expatriates from China are obliged to cross through a third country, which increases protection measures to counter the transmission of the Coronavirus."
On the other hand, the Minister was asked whether the preventive measures in Lebanon were sufficient enough to treat those infected with the virus in case of an outbreak in Lebanon.
The Minister explained that: "there was a unit at the Rafic Hariri Governmental University Hospital that included four rooms in which those infected could be isolated and taken care of in terms of prevention."
"The treatment of the Coronavirus is based on prevention, which is the most effective to protect the patient, pending studies en route to drug discovery," he added.
Lebanon has been cautiously taking serious measures to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus that has outbroken a few weeks ago in Wuhan China and has been spreading among other countries.
Measures have been taken mainly at Rafic Hariri International Airport to prevent transmission of the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to Lebanon. The Airport issued memos to airlines and operating ground services accordingly.
These measures include new thermal cameras to find out who has a high temperature, and after which a comprehensive examination is performed.