March 19, 2020 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Security forces have found a body on the shore of Anfeh and started investigations to identify it, National News Agency correspondent reported on Thursday. Source: National News Agency

March 19, 2020 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Minister of Public Health, Hamad Hassan, welcomed at his office in the Ministry a delegation from the Syndicate of Medical Laboratory Owners, with talks touching on the COVID-19 testing mechanism.

It was thereby decided to form a committee of laboratory specialists to monitor the labs authorized to run DNA tests on respiratory secretions. The committee shall be granted absolute powers with regard to the matter.

It was also decided to postpone the decision on the matter of ‘fast testing’, in order to prevent misuse, which may lead to leniency in terms of self-isolation and non-compliance with public health guidelines.

The Minister of Health stressed that “it is necessary for the epidemiological surveillance center to reveal the positive cases, under penalty of punishment, and to withdraw the laboratory’s license in the event of non-compliance.”

Source: National News Agency