New Coronavirus Cases Surge in Middle East

Middle East

BEIRUT (Dispatches) – Lebanon has recorded more than 100 new coronavirus infections in the last day, its highest daily increase yet, with most of the cases among workers of a cleaning company, the health minister said on Sunday.
 “To reassure people, the source is known,” health minister Hamad Hassan told broadcaster LBC. He added that up to 75% of the cases were linked to what he described as a big cleaning company, were symptom-free and non-Lebanese.
Hassan said 800 workers from the cleaning 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.
Lebanon has recorded more than 2,000 infections and 36 deaths from coronavirus since February.
Meanwhile, health authorities in Oman and Palestine confirmed additional fatalities due to the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday, reports Anadolu Agency.
In a statement, the Omani Health Ministry said four people had died from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, pushing the nationwide death toll to 248.
A further 1,083 new cases were registered, bringing the total infections to 54,697, while the recoveries rose to 35,255 after 1,030 people had recovered from the disease.
In Palestine, the Health Ministry reported two more fatalities and 463 infections, taking the total cases to 6,688, including 32 deaths.
Since first appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 188 countries and regions.

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