Some Patients In Lebanon Are Being Treated In Cars Because There’s No More Space In Hospitals

TDS/Mohamad Azakir

The health situation has gone out of hand as Lebanon experiences an unprecedented rise in coronavirus cases like never before.

The country recently broke its daily record for the third day in a row with over 5,000 registered cases in a matter of 24 hours.

Hospitals across the country are getting overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. In fact, hospitals in Beirut can no longer take in coronavirus patients at all.

On Saturday, the director of the governmental hospital in Bouar, Dr. André Kozaily, said to local media that it is treating some coronavirus patients in cars after the hospital reached its maximum capacity.

Dr. Kozaily warned that the the virus affects young people and added that the prices of oxygen machines have increased.

What’s equally concerning is that with the ICUs overflooding, hospitals won’t be able to receive or treat other urgent medical cases like heart attacks, seizures, bleeding, etc.

In efforts to control the outbreak, Lebanon just entered a new nationwide lockdown and a nightly curfew between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Authorities are doing what they can to clamp down on people violating the lockdown measures, with a persecution that may even result in jail time. And citizens are also urged to take this matter seriously and avoid putting themselves and others at risk.

We have a dedicated coronavirus section where you can find the latest news/updates about the pandemic in Lebanon, inform yourself with WHO-verified resources, and track the number of cases in Lebanon in real-time. Click here.

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