As Well as Economic Meltdown Lebanon Faces Disease and Hunger

Published August 25th, 2020 - 09:54 GMT
This picture taken on August 19, 2020 shows a make-shift Christian shrine with icons depicting Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, in memory of Claudette Yuhanna Saade, a Lebanese woman who was killed in the aftermath of the blast at the port of Beirut. JOSEPH EID / AFP
This picture taken on August 19, 2020 shows a make-shift Christian shrine with icons depicting Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, in memory of Claudette Yuhanna Saade, a Lebanese woman who was killed in the aftermath of the blast at the port of Beirut. JOSEPH EID / AFP
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COVID-19 beds in Lebanese hospitals are almost full.

The Lebanese people should not be asked to “choose between disease or hunger, for them or for their loved ones” as the country deals with an unprecedented economic meltdown and the aftermath of the Beirut explosion, the country’s lead coronavirus doctor said Tuesday.

“Ordinary people going through an unprecedented financial crisis, a once in a century pandemic, and the largest non-military explosion in modern history, have had enough,” the head of Rafik Hariri University Hospital Dr. Firass Abiad tweeted.

“Can we find a middle ground? It will require all three, the authorities, the businesses and the community, to improve markedly on their performance. It is a big ask.”


Domestic infections with coronavirus have rocketed this month, with 69 percent of all local cases recorded between Aug.1-24. Put another way, 8,300 local cases were captured during that period, out of a total 12,039 since Feb. 21.

The positivity rate among tests carried out on the domestic population stood at 6.6 percent in August. It stood at 0.82 percent in June and 2.14 percent in July.

Abiad warned once again that the COVID-19 beds in Lebanese hospitals are almost full but said that “one should stay positive, stay focused, and hold on. The tides will surely turn.”

The country is undergoing partial lockdown for two weeks in a bid to slow the transmission rate and ease pressure on the health system.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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