Lebanese president's son-in-law, former FM Gebran Bassil contracts Covid-19
The leader of the Christian Free Patriotic Movement said he would quarantine until further notice and apologised for not knowing of his infection earlier, a statement by the political party said.
The announcement raises concerns over the health of President Michel Aoun, who is the father-in-law of Bassil.
On Saturday, the health ministry confirmed 1,280 new coronavirus cases, bringing the overall number of infections in Lebanon to 33,162.
So far, the government has recorded 317 deaths from Covid-19 since the first case was reported in late February.
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.
The rise in cases in Lebanon began after a lockdown was eased and the country’s only international airport was reopened in early July.
Read also: Coronavirus cases in Lebanon’s largest prison soar past 350
The surge continued after the massive August 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.