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Lebanon: Dozens of New Infections Raise Concerns

Lebanon: Dozens of New Infections Raise Concerns

Monday, 25 May, 2020 - 10:15
FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks walk outside Rafik Hariri hospital, in Beirut, Lebanon February 21, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Lebanon completed on Sunday the third phase of repatriation of expats, with seven MEA aircrafts landing at Rafik Hariri International Airport, coming from Riyadh, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and London.

Meanwhile, 81 people of Bangladeshi nationality, who could be infected with COVID-19, were transferred by the Lebanese Red Cross from an apartment building in Beirut to two quarantine centers.

The Ministry of Public Health registered 17 coronavirus cases on Sunday, raising the cumulative number to 1,114 infections. The new cases, include five among returning expatriates and 12 among the residents. So far, 688 people have fully recovered from the virus, the Ministry said.

The Red Cross said that 10 of its teams had transferred and assisted 112 Bangladeshis in the Ras al-Naba area of Beirut on Saturday evening.

The building in Ras al-Naba houses 173 people, the majority of whom are from Bangladesh. Several have tested positive for the virus, while others were isolated to contain the spread of the epidemic in the area.

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