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Lebanese Health Minister infected with COVID-19

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-01-14 09:38
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Lebanon's Health Minister Hamad Hasan talks to Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab during a cabinet meeting at the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon, August 10, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

BEIRUT -- Lebanese caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hassan was infected with COVID-19 and hospitalized in Saint George Hospital University Medical Center for treatment, the National News Agency (NNA) reported Wednesday.

Hassan's health condition is stable, a hospital statement was quoted by NNA as saying.

Hassan announced earlier in the day that he had started a quarantine pending the necessary tests, after it was confirmed that three of his office members were infected with COVID-19.

This is the sixth minister in the Lebanese caretaker government to be infected with COVID-19, after the ministers of Public Work, Foreign Affairs, Sports, Communications, and Labor.

Lebanon recorded on Wednesday 4,988 new COVID-19 cases and 35 more deaths, raising the total number to 231,936 and the death toll from the virus to 1,740 respectively.

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