Lebanon recorded 4,557 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on Tuesday, the Health Ministry revealed.
This brings the total cases recorded in Lebanon since the start of the pandemic to 226,948. 32 deaths related to the disease were registered on Tuesday, while 618 cases remain in critical condition.
On the other hand, 1,143 patients have made a full recovery in the last 24 hours. In total, 1,705 people have died from COVID-19 so far, while 144,859 have recovered, which means that 80,386 out of the total infection cases are active.
Caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hasan has confirmed that the awaited Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shipment will reach Lebanon in mid-February.
In preparation, a new law is needed to allow the country to receive the shipment, as requested by the manufacturing company.
In the meantime, the country is preparing to enter a temporary state of emergency that will last for 11 days and be subject to extension, depending on the changes in the public health situation.
Citizens across Lebanon have been flooding supermarkets ever since the new, stricter measures that will take effect on Thursday were announced by the Higher Defense Council on Monday.
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