Cyprus has identified its first case of the H1N1 flu virus.

The island's health minister, Christos Patsalides, said the patient was a 39-year-old woman from Moldova living in Cyprus, who returned from the US on 28 May.

And Lebanon's health minister earlier confirmed that country's first three cases of swine flu.

Minister Mohammad Jawad Khalifeh said that two of the patients are Canadians who arrived in Lebanon a week ago.

‘We put them in quarantine and the blood samples we have taken every day have proven to be positive,’ he said.

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Meanwhile, a cruise ship held off northeastern Australia amid fears of a swine flu outbreak has been allowed to dock under emergency decree.

Queensland state health authorities were forced to declare a public health emergency after management at the Brisbane city port refused to let the Pacific Dawn dock and release passengers.

State Health Minister Paul Lucas signed an emergency decree forcing the port to allow the P&O liner to berth at the Portside Wharf.

Seven passengers who were tested for swine flu were cleared, but health officials said all those getting off would be met by a medical team and screened for symptoms as a precaution.

Figures released yesterday by the World Health Organisation showed that swine flu had infected 15,510 people in 53 countries, with 99 deaths.