Lebanon: The Virus is Expected to Spike in Ramadan

Published April 12th, 2021 - 10:17 GMT
Beirut: The virus is expected to spike in the holy month
Civil war survivor Jean Saliba, is pictured on the balcony overlooking the port of Beirut, in the Karantina district of the Lebanese capital, on April 6, 2021. On April 13, Lebanon will mark 46 years since clashes erupted in Beirut between Lebanese Christians and Palestinians backed by leftist and Muslim factions, marking the beginning of a 15-year conflict. (AFP/File Photo)
Abiad Expects Covid Cases Surge during Ramadan in the country

Director of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital, Firass Abiad, said on Monday that the number of covid-19 cases are expected to rise during the holy month of Ramadan due to the ritual gatherings practiced during the month of fasting.

“With the start of the holy month, mobility and contact will be on the rise. Whether at homes, restaurants, or places of worship, people will gather to do what people on this occasion do. Many will have masks on, though it will be difficult to keep them on while eating,” said Abiad in a tweet.

He said the virus will surely spread further with the new more contagious variants.

“Some will observe the distancing restrictions, though as we now know, more contagious virus variants circulating through the air render many of the old measures less effective. With more than 2000 new cases reported daily and many more flying in, the virus will surely spread further,” he tweeted.

Abiad urged people to be more vigilant, and wished “strength” for the healthcare workers on the front lines providing care to patients with and without the virus.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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