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25 Lebanese passengers evacuated from Kano to Beirut test positive

Twenty-five (25) passengers on a flight from Kano in Nigeria to Beirut on Wednesday have tested positive for COVID-19, Lebanon’s Ministry of Health has confirmed.

The government of Lebanon had asked Middle East Airlines to evacuate its citizens from foreign countries last month.

On May 5, an aircraft with flight number ME570 took off from Kano to Beirut, according to a flight schedule provided by the Middle East Airlines.

25 of those aboard the flight have now tested positive.

The statement said the affected people will be taken to hospital for treatment, while others who tested negative would be quarantined.

“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,” it read.

As of Thursday, Lebanon has confirmed 784 COVID-19 cases and 25 death.

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