‘Lebanon has so far been able to contain the spread of the virus’

Rami Adwan, Lebanese ambassador to Paris, spoke on Friday with FRANCE 24 about the measures taken by his government to fight against the coronavirus pandemic and plans to repatriate Lebanese abroad.

Adwan said Lebanese authorities have so far managed to contain the spread of the virus by taking swift measures, such as closing the country’s airports and ports “as soon as the global pandemic has been declared.”

“This has resulted in many Lebanese nationals being stranded outside the country,” he said, adding that the country would begin repatriating its citizens to France and elsewhere on Sunday, in coordination with the national carrier Middle East Airlines.

Lebanon recorded just over 500 confirmed infections and 17 deaths from the coronavirus, prompting the government last month to institute a night curfew.

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