Diab: Expat Flights to Stop if They Bring High Number of Infections

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Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced Thursday that the government's expat repatriation plan will be halted should there be a high number of coronavirus infections among the returnees.

"The first batch of returnees will resemble a test," Diab told reporters after a Cabinet session, noting that the plan will continue should the virus cases rate remain limited to 1-2%.

The information minister meanwhile said that the coronavirus tests for the returnees will be conducted in Lebanon and will be repeated after a week from their arrival.

Media reports had earlier said that the tests will be carried out at Beirut's airport seeing as the other countries have refused to allow the entry of Lebanese medical teams.

Diab meanwhile warned that there are major breaches of the declared general mobilization measures, noting that "harsh decisions might be taken should this negligence continue," the information minister said.

The first phase of the evacuation plan is scheduled to begin on Sunday and end on April 12.

Lebanon has so far confirmed 494 coronavirus cases and the country's airport, educational institutions, non-essential businesses and public institutions have been closed since several weeks.

SourceNaharnet
Comments 3
Thumb justice 02 April 2020, 16:46

Diab told reporters after a Cabinet session, noting that the plan will continue should the virus cases rate remain limited to 1-2%.

and those who are infected and allowed to board the plane, wouldn't they infect the rest of the passengers?

Genius Professor!

Thumb s.o.s 02 April 2020, 16:54

The PCR test has an 80% accuracy.... that’s why the French 16 y.o. victim was diagnosed negative twice before succumbing to the disease. She was diagnosed positive post mortem.

Thumb whyaskwhy 03 April 2020, 16:00

A man outstanding in his own field. Not sure if his own mother takes him seriously.