Lebanese health minister hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19

Update Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hasan speaks during a press conference at the ministry in the capital Beirut in February 2020. (AFP/File Photo)
Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hasan speaks during a press conference at the ministry in the capital Beirut in February 2020. (AFP/File Photo)
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Updated 13 January 2021

Lebanese health minister hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19

Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hasan speaks during a press conference at the ministry in the capital Beirut in February 2020. (AFP/File Photo)

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s caretaker health minister Hamad Hasan was admitted to hospital the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Wednesday evening.

The Hezbollah-appointed minister was transferred to the St. George hospital in Beirut’s suburb of Al-Hadat for treatment, according to a hospital statement.

Hasan's condition was good, the statement added.

Lebanon has experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths over the past week, with a record-high of 5,540 new cases recorded on Friday.

The surge has been put down to widespread non-adherence to precautionary measures during holiday celebrations, during which the government eased restrictions.