Lebanon's number of COVID-19 cases reaches 2,905, death toll at 41

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-21 01:24:00|Editor: huaxia

BEIRUT, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's number of COVID-19 infections increased on Monday by 46 cases to 2,905, while the death toll went up by one to 41, the National News Agency reported.

Lebanon witnessed on Monday the first death of a Lebanese doctor fighting against COVID-19 at the Nabih Berri public hospital in Nabatieh in southern Lebanon.

Louay Ismail, a 32-year-old doctor who worked for the Lebanese Italian hospital in Tyre, showed symptoms of the virus two weeks ago.

His three PCR tests came out as positive prompting him to quarantine himself for seven days until his situation became worse and he was transferred to Nabih Berri public hospital four days ago where he died due to severe pneumonia.

Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan warned on Monday that Lebanon is at a crossroad whereby the country will either be able to control the virus and prevent its further spread or the infection will spread all over the country.

Therefore, he urged people to wear masks and take necessary precautionary measures.

Lebanon has been fighting against COVID-19 since Feb. 21.

The country has received anti-coronavirus donations from different countries including China which in last month offered 17,500 masks, 1,500 protective gears, 1,320 goggles and 1,000 shoes covers to Lebanese public hospitals. Enditem