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Lebanon: local municipality imposed quarantine on refugees to 'avoid Coronavirus'

(Zaman Al Wasl)- A Lebanese municipality has ordered Syrian refugees to lock themselves up in their tents for 15 days after the first Coronavirus case was detected in a Lebanese passenger coming from the Iranian city of Qom.

A Lebanese student was infected with Coronavirus after returning from Iran last week. Such news pushed the municipality of Baaloul in western Lebanon to call on the refugees to not move from their tents, activists told Zaman al-Wasl.

The municipality mayor Mohamed Mohy El-Din called on the Syrian refugees not to mingle with others, and to immediately report any new arrivals from Syria.

More than 2,700 people have died and some 80,000 have been taken ill, mostly in China where the virus originated.

Outside China, Iran, South Korea and Italy have reported the largest number of cases causing concern that the virus could be becoming a pandemic.

In the past 24 hours, Rafik Hariri University Hospital has received 32 emergency cases suspected of being infected with Coronavirus. The daily report published by the hospital stated that all cases were subject to the necessary medical procedures, with 7 cases being quarantined while the rest are to be confined to their homes.

According to the report, the tests of 18 cases came back negative. And today, 3 cases came out of  quarantine, were told to stay home for 14 days, and were provided with all necessary instructions and means of protection based on the directions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Lebanon decided Tuesday to restrict flights and stop religious travel with countries where the coronavirus, or COVID-19, is present.

It was decided to stop religious travel flights to countries where an outbreak has occurred, said Information Minister Manal Abdussamed in a news conference at the Baabda Presidential Palace in the capital, after the Cabinet met under the chairmanship of President Michel Aoun to assess measures to be taken against the novel virus.

She said flights will be restricted to countries where the virus is seen and precautions in airports will be increased.

Outside mainland China, the coronavirus has spread to more than 30 other countries including the U.S., U.K., Singapore, France, Russia, Spain, and India.

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak an international health emergency.

The Mediterranean country of around 4.5 million people says it hosts some 1.5 million Syrians, of which nearly a million are UN-registered refugees.

Eight years of war in Syria have killed 560 people and driven half the pre-war population of 22 million from their homes, including more than 6 million as refugees to neighboring countries.

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