Lebanon Records 2,906 New COVID-19 Cases & 46 Deaths

Lebanon records new covid-19 cases and fatalities
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Lebanon recorded 2,906 new cases on Saturday, the Health Ministry confirmed in its report on the outbreak.

The new cases raise the total number of infections recorded in Lebanon since the virus was first detected to 336,992, of which 99,860 are active cases, considering that 3,961 patients have passed away and 233,171 others have undergone treatment so far.

The positive cases include 2,470 medical workers, 8 of which were confirmed to have the virus between Friday and Saturday.

In the past 24 hours, 46 virus-related fatalities and 8,791 recoveries were recorded in the country.

In the same period, 16,862 PCR tests were administered, 14,593 of which were conducted locally while 2,269 others took place at the airport. This raises the cumulative number of tests administered in so far to 2,792,389.

As of Saturday, 2,278 COVID-19 patients occupy hospital beds across the country, 928 are critical cases and occupy intensive care unit beds, and 301 are on mechanical ventilation, according to the Health Ministry’s report.

In preparation for beginning the vaccination process, the Ministry has launched a hotline dedicated to answering questions about the vaccines as well as providing additional technical assistance and receiving reports of side effects.

The first shipment of vaccines landed in Beirut on Saturday evening, and vaccination is set to commence on Monday.

On Friday, the Health Ministry confirmed 2,934 COVID-19 cases and 49 fatalities.

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