Lebanon’s Health Ministry has announced the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the country, according to an El Nashra report Thursday (computer translated).


Health Minister Wael Abu Faour  said that “in terms of transparency towards the Lebanese public opinion, responsibility and concern for the safety and health of the Lebanese, was this afternoon diagnosis of one case of a patient infected with” Corona “. He said that the Health Ministry monitored the safety measures being taken by the hospital and was following up on the treatment of the disease. “This has led to a significant improvements in the patient’s health and he was allowed to leave the hospital,” Abu Faour said.

“We can confirm that first coronavirus case was detected at one of the Lebanese hospitals but we cannot disclose the name of the hospital at the moment,” said an anonymous source to the Daily StarFor more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page.

The Ministry of public health of the citizens, “there is no reason to fear”, calling them “take countermeasures for prevention of respiratory disease, with cases in some countries of the world, came from the Arab Gulf States, did not lead to the spread of the epidemic in these countries.”

As of 3 May, 489 cases, including 126 deaths, were reported to WHO globally and 406 cases, including 101 deaths, from Saudi Arabia.