- Lebanon’s health minister called for a two-week lockdown in the nation after it signed up a record number of coronavirus cases, The Wall Street Journal reported.
- The nation recorded 439 new cases.
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On Monday, the nation signed up a record 439 cases.
A minimum of 178 people were eliminated and 6,000 more were injured when 2,750 lots of high-density ammonium nitrate blew up in the city last Tuesday. The surge took place as the country was reeling from the worst economic crisis in decades with millions on the edge of hardship, Organisation Insider formerly reported.
The explosion ruined homes, buildings, and healthcare facilities, some of which needed to treat clients outside or send them to other centers to get care.
The World Health Organization said last week that nearly half of the 55 medical centers in Beirut ran out service because of the blast, Reuters reported.
Health Centers like St. George Healthcare facility were so seriously damaged they had to shut down and send out patients to other centers, Organisation Insider formerly reported
The Journal reported that St. George’s is still closed despite being developed so it might stay functional during wartime, with underground operating rooms, X-ray machines, and an underground drug store.
The medical facility’s medical director Dr. Alexander Nehme informed The Journal that it would take a year to the hospital, which has 330- bed up and running again and that it would cost around $30 million.
According to WHO, the blast reduced 500 beds from healthcare facility capacity in Beirut.
The Journal reported on the night of the surge around a dozen coronavirus patients were so panicked, they fled their ward and mingled with other patients, and those injured from the surge in one healthcare facility that was harmed.
” The place to retake control of the virus is in society– at the level of private and collective behavior– and at the moment I’m uncertain how we are going to influence that,” Firass Abiad, the manager of Rafik Hariri University Hospital told The Journal.