Bassil Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil has tested positive for coronavirus, his office said Sunday.

The statement from his office said Bassil will isolate until he recovers, adding that the infection level is still "low and acceptable."

The announcement comes amid an alarming surge in coronavirus cases in Lebanon, with record numbers registered almost every day for the past week.

The Health Ministry confirmed Saturday 1,280 new coronavirus cases, bringing the overall number of infections in Lebanon to 33,162. The government has recorded 317 deaths from COVID-19 since the first case was reported in late February.

It was not clear when Bassil, 50, last saw President Michel Aoun, his father-in-law.

Caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hassan has recommended a total lockdown for two weeks to stem the rise in daily detected infections, but authorities will find it difficult difficult to impose another lockdown amid an unprecedented economic collapse.

The rise in cases in Lebanon began after a lockdown was eased and the country's only international airport was reopened in early July. The surge continued after the massive Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut's port that killed 193 people, injured at least 6,500 and devastated much of the city.

The blast also overwhelmed Beirut's hospitals and badly damaged two that had a key role in handling virus cases.

Comments 19
Thumb thepatriot 27 September 2020, 12:47

May he never recover ...

Missing maroun 27 September 2020, 12:53

hopefully he infected his father in law

Default-user-icon cocoman (Guest) 27 September 2020, 13:13

finally some good news! can he meet with all the other politicians please?? one by one and for several hours.. COVID would be the best thing to happen to Lebanon then...

Default-user-icon eli (Guest) 27 September 2020, 14:56

I believe in Karma

Thumb s.o.s 27 September 2020, 15:04

« It was not clear when Bassil, 50, last saw President Michel Aoun, his father-in-law. »

Crossing my fingers it was yesterday.

Missing rami 28 September 2020, 12:05

Le virus est mort.

Missing coolmec 27 September 2020, 15:30

Good ews!!!
Is he going to die soon??N

Thumb thepatriot 27 September 2020, 16:00

- Arrogance

Default-user-icon Mats (Guest) 27 September 2020, 17:13

As much as we all hate him, hoping he dies from this is a bit too much.

Thumb abe.linconstein 27 September 2020, 17:44

Oh no that's terrible, but never mind this. He's very important for the country and he should head to Baabda straight away have a tête-à-tête with the president lock themselves in a small close room. Maybe invite speaker Berri to sit in as well, so a tête-à-tête-à-tête. They should stay there till they come up with a country saving plan, pass the chips bowl and dip around just to amuse their gueules.

Missing incorruptible 27 September 2020, 17:56

Wow. Do you guys still wonder why this country is circling down the drain ? What kind of human trash are you ? You deserve everything that you get.

Thumb SheikYerbouti 27 September 2020, 18:33

I completely agree with u incorruptible, Gebran Bassil deserves what he go.

Missing thecause 27 September 2020, 18:16

Hooooooooooorayyyyyyyyyyyyy let’s party!

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 27 September 2020, 19:05

حرام الكرونا. شو عمل لينصاب بهذا البلاء

Thumb eli-g 27 September 2020, 19:59

karma is a bit..!

Thumb tric.bortugal 27 September 2020, 21:58

Crestins rights are at steak !!!!

Default-user-icon Marceline bakhouche (Guest) 28 September 2020, 00:53

General General, Epilation totale

Thumb whyaskwhy 28 September 2020, 01:24

Sadly Corona died instead...its just his media machine at work trying to get him sympathy from the few idiots who still follow him.

Thumb justice 28 September 2020, 09:34

I pray for the virus to be cured from the disease that is called Bassil.