No Coronavirus Detected In The Italian Plane That Landed in Beirut

An Italian plane landed on Monday at Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut, despite the outbreak of coronavirus in Italy.

The specialized medical team from the Ministry of Health conducted the necessary medical inspections for the passengers and crew.

A specialized medical team from the Ministry of Health and the competent medical apparatuses were ready for the airplane as it landed.

They performed the necessary medical checkups and examinations for the 107 passengers and crew. Among them, 13 came from the Milan region where the Corona is said to be spreading.

According to the reports, the medical examinations revealed no infection among the passengers and no one suffering from any of the symptoms of the coronavirus.

The reports also stated that there was no case that required transportation to a hospital.

Earlier on Monday, an “Iran Air” plane carrying 218 passengers landed in Rafik Hariri International Airport, amid fears of it carrying new coronavirus cases. The passengers and crew were submitted to a specialized medical examination.

About an hour after their arrival, the passengers and crew were all declared to be showing no signs of coronavirus infection. They were all escorted through the airport in a separate passage to avoid intermingling with other people.

On Friday, February 21st, Lebanese Minister of Health Hamad Hasan confirmed in a press conference the first Coronavirus case in Lebanon with a Lebanese woman who had arrived a day earlier aboard a controversial Iranian plane.

As a result, the 45-year-old patient diagnosed with the Wuhan Coronavirus has been placed since then in quarantine at Rafik Hariri Hospital in Beirut. 

On Monday, Rafic Hariri University Hospital issued a statement with the latest updates on Coronavirus in Lebanon, highlighting as well the fact that the sole Cornavirus patient is in a stable condition.

The hospital also revealed that during the past 24 hours (at the time of writing), it has received 34 cases in the emergency unit, which has been designated to test cases suspected of being infected with Coronavirus.

All the mentioned patients were subjected to the necessary medical tests, and 5 cases had been quarantined so far; 4 of them tested negative while only one coronavirus case remains in the isolation unit.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed its concerns in regard to the outbreak and the possibility that it reaches a pandemic level.

The Director-General of WHO stated that the world must do more to contain the spread. So far, the number of victims has exceeded 2600 worldwide.

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