Iraq and Lebanon both reported new cases of the novel coronavirus Thursday as it continues to spread throughout the Middle East.    

The number of confirmed cases of the virus, officially known as COVID-19, has risen to seven in Iraq and three in Lebanon.   

Two more cases were confirmed in Baghdad and Kirkuk, said a Health Ministry spokesman.   

One of them, a 51-year-old man, was in Iran a short time ago, he said.   

Lebanon’s Health Ministry said the new type of coronavirus was detected in an Iranian who entered the country on Feb. 24.   


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