Over the past three days, Lebanon repeatedly broke its daily coronavirus (COVID-19) case numbers record, with the latest count reported by the Health Ministry almost reaching 2,000.
Commenting on this development, the head of Rafik Hariri University Hospital, Firass Abiad, warned that the COVID-19 situation in Lebanon has become alarming.
“Coronavirus numbers in Lebanon regained their previous increasing pace, registering record numbers for three consecutive days, and the percentage of positive examinations also increased,” he said in a tweet.
On Thursday, Lebanon recorded 1,933 new confirmed cases, which was a noticeable jump from the numbers registered in the two previous days—1,809 on Tuesday and 1,850 on Wednesday.
The recent COVID-19-related deaths are also a cause of concern, according to Abiad, who noted that most of the deaths recorded on Thursday were of middle-aged patients.
“In short, the situation is not well, and it needs reassessment and new measures.”
Any increase in the number of COVID-19 patients will be followed by an increase in the number of patients in intensive care units shortly afterward, Abiad explained.
He added: “Most of the coronavirus departments in hospitals are operating at a high occupancy rate, but more equipment and more medical and nursing staff are required to accommodate any surge in numbers.”
As of October 29th, Lebanon has 77,778 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 38,045 of which are active, considering that there have been 39,123 full recoveries and 610 deaths recorded by the Health Ministry thus far.
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