Former Lebanese FM, President’s son-in-law, has coronavirus

BEIRUT (AP) — A former Lebanese foreign minister and son-in-law of President Michel Aoun has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said yesterday.

The statement from his office said Gebran 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 Lebanese Health Ministry confirmed on 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 his father-in-law, the president.

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 to impose another lockdown amid an unprecedented economic collapse.