Lebanon recorded 2,020 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on Monday, the Health Ministry said in its report on the epidemic.
63 fatalities and 2,386 full recoveries were recorded in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of virus-related deaths to 3,145 and that of recoveries to 183,263.
This puts active cases at 116,664 of the total 303,072 infections confirmed in the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
Since the outbreak reached Lebanon in February 2020, 2,605,109 PCR tests have been administered, including 5,682 in the past 24 hours, according to the report.
As of Monday, 2,418 COVID-19 patients occupy hospital beds, 960 are in critical condition in intensive care units (ICU), and 336 are on mechanical ventilation.
In an interview with Al-Jadeed’s “Wa Hallaa Shou,” caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hasan revealed that Lebanon’s hospitals had 78 vacant ICU beds, describing it as “a good indicator.”
Last week, Rafik Hariri University Hospital received a donation from UNHCR that enabled it to expand its ICU capacity.
Hasan noted that Lebanon ranks 21st internationally, in terms of the mortality rate against the size of the population. He also expected a drop in new infection cases during the following couple of weeks.
On Sunday, the Health Ministry recorded 2,139 COVID-19 cases and 51 fatalities.
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