Young women wearing protective masks walk out of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut on Friday, where a woman is treated for coronavirus. AFP
Health Minister Hamad Hassan told a news conference the patient was taken directly to isolation from a plane arriving from the Iranian city of Qom on Thursday after exhibiting symptoms on the aircraft.
Girls wearing face masks take a selfie with outside Rafik Hariri hospital in Beirut. AFP
Two more people from the flight were suspected of carrying the virus on Friday and will be transferred to the same Beirut hospital for quarantine, Hassan said.
All other passengers were asked to stay isolated in their homes for 14 days, he said. Hassan said that the plane had around 150 passengers and that if any showed symptoms later, they would be tested and quarantined.
The plane was a Mahan Air flight that landed around 7:30pm on Thursday. There was no decision so far to suspend flights coming from Tehran, a source at Beirut airport said.
The window of opportunity to contain wider worldwide spread of the epidemic of the new coronavirus disease is closing, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Friday.
A coronavirus outbreak in Iran, which has so far seen four people die, began in the city of Qom, authorities in Iran said.
An Iranian health ministry official said the likely source was Chinese workers in Qom who had recently travelled to China, where the epidemic originated.
Hassan said all precautions in line with WHO advice were being taken and offered Lebanese a hotline to call if they experienced or witnessed symptoms.
"There is no need for excessive panic at this time...The patient is in a good state," said Hassan.
Authorities are following up on arrivals to Lebanon from the past 10 days for potential cases, he said.
As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP announced that it conducted 480,766 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.
The ministry stressed in a statement that its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary care treatment.
The UAE Ministry of Health also noted that an additional 1,486 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 905,176.
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Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan expressed the UAE’s eagerness and commitment to supporting all efforts to maintain and enhance relations and bilateral cooperation in meetings with several heads of state participating in UNGA 78.
In the UAE’s statement, Al Hashimy pointed out the importance of maintaining an international order based on respect for the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of states.