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Lebanon on alert as coronavirus cases reach 28


The number of coronavirus cases in Lebanon has reached 28, health officials in the country said on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Ministerial Committee for Combating Coronavirus has decided to extend the closure of schools and universities until March 14, and to close all entertainment centers such as gyms, nightclubs, cinemas, exhibitions and conferences for a week. It is also urging people to avoid crowded places and gatherings.

The ministries of interior, tourism, economy, culture, and youth and sports will follow up on implementation of these measures.

Health Minister Hamad Hassan ordered all university hospitals to start conducting coronavirus tests because the number of suspected cases is increasing and will soon exceed the capacity of the laboratory of Rafik Hariri University Hospital. Those who test positive will be quarantined at that hospital.