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Lebanon Records New Virus Infection High

Lebanon Records New Virus Infection High

Sunday, 12 July, 2020 - 14:00
FILE PHOTO: Health workers and members of internal security forces wearing face masks stand inside Beirut airport on its re-opening day following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Beirut, Lebanon July 1, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
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A Lebanese waste management company is quarantining some 133 Syrian workers who tested positive for the coronavirus, the company manager said on Sunday, as Lebanon recorded a new daily high for infections.

The Health Ministry said a total of 166 new cases had been confirmed in the last 24 hours.

Lebanon has recorded more than 2,000 infections and 36 deaths from the coronavirus since February.

"We are moving them to a place to quarantine them. We are separating those who are infected from those who aren't ... we are waiting for more results," RAMCO manager Walid Bou Saad told Reuters.

Health Minister Hamad Hassan said more than 100 cases had been recorded, with most of them at what he described as "a big cleaning company", an apparent reference to RAMCO, which collects garbage across Lebanon.

"To reassure people, the source is known," Hassan told broadcaster LBCI. He added that up to 75 percent of the cases were symptom-free.

Hassan said 800 workers from the company in question needed to be tested, along with another 1,000 workers from two other companies with whom they were connected.

"The number will remain high this week," he said.

The spike comes just over a week after Lebanon reopened its airport at limited capacity on July 1.

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