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Lebanon reports 3 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 10

Students wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus as a precaution in Beirut, Lebanon on 22 February 2020 [Hussam Chbaro/Anadolu Agency]
Students wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus as a precaution in Beirut, Lebanon on 22 February 2020 [Hussam Chbaro/Anadolu Agency]

Lebanon's health ministry said on Sunday three more people had tested positive for coronavirus after arriving from Iran, bringing the total in the country to 10.

The three patients, who had been in isolation at home, were quarantined at a Beirut hospital after showing symptoms, the ministry said in a statement.

Lebanon closed schools this week and halted flights for non-residents from countries with outbreaks, namely China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.

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The Health Committee of the Lebanese Parliament has previously called on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to provide Lebanon with additional assistance in order to set up quarantine isolation units in a number of Lebanese regions to confront the coronavirus.

The head of the Health Committee in the Lebanese Parliament, Assem Araji, said last week that the WHO has helped set up the quarantine department at the Rafic Hariri University Hospital to receive cases infected with coronavirus, adding that Lebanon has asked the organisation to help establish similar isolation units in various regions outside the capital, Beirut.

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