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Two Women Returning From Iran To Lebanon And Canada Diagnosed With Coronavirus

An Iranian boy gestures as he wears protective mask to prevent contracting a coronavirus in Tehran, February 20, 2020

A Lebanese woman who had arrived from Iran is quarantined in a Beirut hospital for coronavirus screening, Health Minister Hamad Hassan told a news conference on Friday.

The 45-year-old woman had traveled to the city of Qom, where the first deadly cases of coronavirus were detected in Iran, Hassan said.

According to Hassan, the woman, the first case of the virus in Lebanon, is currently in good health.

Meanwhile, Lebanese authorities declared that all passengers returning from Iran should be tested and isolated before entering the country.

Earlier, Canadian health authorities also announced, "A sixth case of the coronavirus has been diagnosed in British Columbia after a woman in her 30s returned to the province this week from Iran."

The health officer in the Canadian province of Victoria, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said Thursday the woman’s suspected case is relatively mild, and several of her close contacts have already been quarantined.

She also said health officials are working on a detailed investigation of the woman’s itinerary and the time her symptoms emerged to help determine if they need to notify those who traveled with her on the same aircraft.

In the meantime, Canadian Health Minister, Patty Hajdo, tweeted on February, 20, "While the risk to Canadians remains low if you are returning from a region with a confirmed case of #COVID19, and you are unwell or unsure of your health, I encourage you to self-isolate and notify local health officials."

The Islamic Republic authorities have not yet reacted to the news from Canada and Lebanon. Therefore, it is not clear where the two Iranian women were exposed to the deadly coronavirus.