Dr. Firass Abiad, considered Lebanon’s leading health expert in the fight against COVID-19, said on Monday that Lebanon’s total lockdown restrictions have been successful in halting the surge of COVID-19, yet it is not over yet.
The Head of the Rafik Hariri Hospital stressed that as long as the required preventive measures continue, tangible results will not appear until May.
“Although a rapidly deteriorating situation has been stabilized, there was still evidence of high spread of the virus within communities, and hospitals remain at limited capacity,” Abiad warned.
Abiad stated that Lebanon was level 4 in “the highest risk stages” of the pandemic according to the classification of the World Health Organization. He also mentioned that Lebanon’s virus death rate is 21st in the world in comparison to the size of its population.
Yet, during an interview with Al-Jadeed, Caretaker Minister Hamad Hasan said that “control over the widespread outbreak of the epidemic will begin to show within the next two weeks.”
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