Lebanon Records 2,323 New COVID-19 Cases & 40 Deaths

Lebanon Records 2,323 New COVID-19 Cases & 40 Deaths
The Daily Star/Mohamad Zaatari

Lebanon recorded 2,323 cases on Saturday, the Health Ministry said in its daily report on the outbreak.

In the past 24 hours, the country registered 40 new COVID-19-related fatalities and 4,504 full recoveries, raising the total numbers of deaths and recoveries confirmed so far to 4,297 and 264,894 respectively.

As of the time of writing, Lebanon has a total of 353,371 confirmed infections, of which 84,180 are active cases.

Among the positive cases are 2,509 medical workers, 7 of whom tested positive for the virus between Friday and Saturday, according to the Health Ministry’s data.

In the same period, 14,145 PCR tests were administered – 12,112 locally and 2,033 others at Beirut Airport – raising the cumulative number of PCR tests conducted in Lebanon since the beginning of the pandemic to 2,892,039.

As of Saturday, 2,194 of the active COVID-19 patients are undergoing treatment in hospital beds across the country, 930 are in critical condition in intensive care units, and 307 are on mechanical ventilation.

The Labor Ministry launched on Friday a plan for vaccinating migrant workers in Lebanon against COVID-19. The plan comes a week after the country launched its national vaccination plan and started to vaccinate high-priority groups.

Also on Friday, the Health Ministry confirmed 2,255 COVID-19 cases and 51 fatalities.

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