The Lebanese Ministry of Health has disclosed that 25 persons aboard a flight that arrived in the country from Kano State on Wednesday tested positive for COVID-19.
The government of Lebanon asked Middle East Airlines to evacuate its citizens from foreign countries, In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While others who tested negative would be quarantined, the ministry said the affected passengers will be taken to hospital for treatment.
The health ministry also said if any of the passengers who tested negative exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, the person will be sent to the hospital for re-examination.
The Ministry of Public Health announces that it has been confirmed that 25 positive cases with COVID-19 were recorded among the passengers on board the flight that arrived from Nigeria.
Accordingly, the affected cases will be transferred to the hospital with an emphasis on the application of strict domestic quarantine for negative cases, knowing that they will be followed up daily by the Ministry and whoever shows any symptoms will be referred to the hospital for re-examination.
According to the ministry, as of 11:30 am on Thursday, Lebanon’s total number of COVID-19 patients is 784, of which 25 deaths have been recorded.
Recently, the Kano State witnessed a spate of mysterious death which the governor of the state, Abdullahi Ganduje, claimed were caused malaria and diabetes and unconnected to the COVID-19 pandemic as widely reported.
Meanwhile, the Head of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 sent to investigate the high incidence of deaths in Kano State, Dr Nasiru Gwarzo, linked the deaths to the pandemic, saying that the results of 80 per cent of the tests conducted tested positive for the disease.
His report came on the day the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, said the tally for confirmed cases of the virus had climbed to 2,558 with 400 discharged and 87 dead.