BEIRUT: Eight new coronavirus cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Lebanon up to 446, according to the Ministry of Public Health. On Monday, Rafic Hariri University Hospital recorded another death; a woman in her 80s suffering from previous medical problems, increasing the number of confirmed deaths to 11.
Three new patients recovered, bringing the total of recovered cases to 35 while eight cases remain in a critical condition.
The National Operation's Room report also stated that most cases were recorded in El Metn (84), Beirut (69), followed by Kesrwane (53). 44% of the patients are females, while the percentage of male patients stands at 56%. As for the age group, 22% of the patients are 20-29 years of age, while only 3% are above 80. Health Minister Dr. Hamad Hasan also stated in an earlier meeting today that ten hospitals are now ready to treat COVID-19 patients.
In accordance with the Indian Health Ministry as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Health also released guidelines on how to wrap and transport the bodies of the deceased coronavirus patients in order to avoid transferring the virus to others.
The ministry also stressed the importance of staying home as a civil and humanitarian duty that the Lebanese people owe to each other. In a show of appreciation and support to healthcare workers, many Lebanese stood on their balconies last night clapping and cheering for all the doctors and nurses that are saving lives every day.
The number of infected people globally is continuously rising, with the number now exceeding 700,000 and more than 30,000 deaths, with the United States being the new epicenter for the virus (exceeding China). This comes as Anthony Fauci, an American physician, and immunologist, warns that the virus could kill “between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans."
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