BEIRUT: A new case of coronavirus in Lebanon was confirmed Thursday, bringing the total amount of infections to 16.
The Health Ministry confirmed that the new COVID-19 patient is a Lebanese woman who had come from United Kingdom, which has over 100 cases of infections.
Two new cases were confirmed Wednesday evening. One of the patients had arrived from Egypt.
A report from Rafik Hariri University Hospital confirmed that an elderly Iranian national who had been infected last week was still in critical condition. All other patients were reported as stable and receiving medical attention in isolation units.
Health Minister Hamad Hasan issued a memo Thursday advising citizens to avoid travel and large crowds to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“The Health Ministry advises all citizens to limit travel as much as possible ... especially to the countries where the epidemic is spreading locally,” the memo stated. The minister also requested in the memo that religious and large sporting events be postponed to protect citizens and prevent an outbreak.
A spokesperson from the Youth and Sport Ministry told The Daily Star that all large sporting events considered as “mass gatherings” in Lebanon would be postponed indefinitely to prevent the spread of the virus, based on the health minister’s recommendations.
The Health Ministry has called on all those coming to Lebanon from countries with a large outbreak of the virus to fully comply with instructions of self-quarantine at their homes.
If any symptoms are detected, people are urged to call the ministry’s hotline 76-592-699.