First coronavirus case confirmed in Lebanon: Health minister

An Iranian boy gestures as he wears protective mask to prevent contracting a coronavirus in Tehran. (Reuters)

Lebanon confirmed its first coronavirus case on Friday, a 45-year-old woman who had arrived from Iran and was being quarantined in a Beirut hospital.

The virus was found in a 45-year-old Lebanese woman who had travelled from Qom in Iran, he said, adding that she was in good health.

Two other suspected cases were being followed and authorities were taking all necessary precautions in line with recommendations of the World Health Organization, Health Minister Hamad Hassan told a news conference.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05