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Lebanon reports first coronavirus case

45-year-old woman arriving in Lebanon from Qom, Iran tests positive for novel coronavirus, says Lebanese health minister

Wasim Seifedinne   | 21.02.2020
Lebanon reports first coronavirus case

BEIRUT

Lebanon announced the first coronavirus case in the country on Friday .

A 45-year-old woman arriving in Lebanon via plane from Iran's province of Qom, where coronavirus cases were recently confirmed, Health Minister Hamad Hassan told reporters in Beirut.

Hassan said there were two other suspected cases in the country, explaining that the ministry was in communication with all passengers on the Iranian plane that carried the infected woman.

He added that officials have been following all arrivals to Lebanon for the past 10 days.

Hassan ruled out a declaring a state of emergency or "any action to stop flights to and from Iran."

On Wednesday, Iran's Health Ministry confirmed the first two deaths from the novel coronavirus in Qom.

Following the global spread of coronavirus, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak an international health emergency.

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