Lebanon shuts schools for a week amid coronavirus fears
Lebanon's Education Ministry made the announcement as the country reported its fourth case of the virus, Reuters reported.
"In the interest of the health of students and their families... the minister of education Dr. Tarek Majzoub requests all educational institutions including kindergartens, schools, high schools, vocational institutions and universities to close," a statement by the education ministry read.The measure will come into effect Saturday, Reuters reported.
Lebanon's fourth case is a Syrian national, who is now quarantined at a Beirut hospital.
Lebanon announced on Friday it would bar entry to non-resident foreigners from the four countries most affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
The Middle Eastern country will deny entry to people arriving from China, South Korea, Iran and Italy, the state news agency reported, without saying when the measure would come into effect.
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All airlines operating flights to Beirut have been notified of the ban, which does not affect Lebanese citizens or foreigners holding a residency permit, the agency added.
Despite government efforts to reassure the Lebanese, videos have circulated on social media denouncing what users say are insufficient screenings for the virus at Beirut's international airport.
Iran on Saturday reported 43 deaths from COVID-19, with the Islamic republic second only to China, where the outbreak was first reported, in terms of fatalities.
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