Health minister, Hamad Hassan, confirmed on Friday the first case of coronavirus or COVID-19 in Lebanon, after a woman arriving from Iran on board of flight W5115 on Mahen Air airlines was tested positive.
During a press conference, Hassan announced that the 45 year-old Lebanese woman from the Saker family had arrived to Lebanon Thursday evening, and is being quarantined and monitored at Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut and two suspected of carrying the virus would be transferred to the hospital for quarantine as well.
The woman arrived in Lebanon from the Iranian holy city of Qom, where several infections and deaths were reported this week
"Patient is in good state. No need for excessive panic," he said.
Hassan called on citizens not to panic over unnecessary reasons.
He said all necessary precautions in line with World Health Organisation advice were being followed.
Authorities face growing questions about whether they can do enough to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
18 cases are reported in Iran so far of whom four have died.
The novel virus comes from a large family of what are known as coronaviruses, some causing nothing worse than a cold. It causes cold- and flu-like symptoms, including cough and fever, and in more severe cases, shortness of breath. It can worsen to pneumonia, which can be fatal.
First detected in China, the virus is believed to have originated in a type of wild animal sold at a Chinese market to be consumed as food.
COVID-19 has caused the death of more than 2,200 people with 75,000 confirmed cases worldwide.
The Ministry launched a Lebanese hotline to report any new case or experienced symptoms 76-592699