Dr. Assem Araji, Member of Parliament and Head of the health, work, and social affairs parliamentary committee, said that Lebanon might undergo another lockdown by the end of August if Covid-19 cases keep increasing.
Araji claimed that a lockdown will be imposed on Lebanon only if the number of infected people in intensive care units increases to 30%.
This comes at a time where the country is witnessing a significant increase in Covid-19 cases. This is mainly due to the highly contagious nature of the Delta variant, which now represents 80% of all cases in Lebanon, according to the consultant of the Caretaker Minister of Health.
843 cases of Coronavirus were recorded in Lebanon yesterday, which is the highest this number has gotten in many weeks, while hospitals are suffering from medicine shortages and electricity cuts.
Lebanon has also witnessed a spike in the number of critical cases that are mostly unvaccinated people under 50 years old. This makes the possibility of a lockdown higher as September will witness a return of students to schools and universities.
Almost 1 million people have taken at least the first dose of the vaccine in Lebanon. Vaccination is the only way to prevent transmission and avoid a future lockdown that the country cannot economically handle.
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