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Lebanon Confirms Third Case of Coronavirus

Lebanon Confirms Third Case of Coronavirus

Thursday, 27 February, 2020 - 15:45
Rafik Hariri University Hospital | EPA
Beirut- Asharq Al-Awsat

Lebanon confirmed the country’s third case of coronavirus on Thursday, after a man arriving from Iran on Feb. 24 tested positive, the health ministry said, according to news agency NNA.


In a statement, the Ministry announced that the patient is an Iranian citizen who came to Lebanon aboard the Iran Air's plane that landed in Beirut last week.


The man, born in 1943, was taken from his home by the Lebanese Red Cross and into quarantine at Rafik Hariri University Hospital after early symptoms appeared, the ministry statement said. His condition appeared to be stable, it said.


The previous two cases in Lebanon had been tied to an earlier flight from Iran that arrived last week carrying 150 passengers.


Iran said on Thursday its death toll from coronavirus had risen to 26 and the total number of infected people now stood at 245, the highest number of deaths from the virus outside China.


As the virus spreads in the Middle East, several Arab countries have suspended flights and imposed shipping restrictions.


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