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More refugees in Lebanon test positive for COVID-19

The news of infections in the Syrian refugee community follows a handful of cases among Palestinian refugees last month.
Syrian refugee children play together, as Lebanon extends a lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a Syrian refugee camp in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon May 7, 2020. Picture taken May 7, 2020. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC2KLG9KCLMT

More than a dozen refugees in eastern Lebanon have tested positive for the coronavirus. The news follows a handful of virus cases last month in the impoverished community.

There were 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Syrian refugees in Majdal Anjar near the Syrian border as of yesterday, a UN spokeswoman told Al-Monitor. The individuals live in the same building. There was only one confirmed COVID-19 case among Syrian refugees before the ones in Majdal Anjar, and this person living in northern Lebanon has since recovered, the spokeswoman said.

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