The officials health in Lebanon warn chaos caused by enormous deadly explosion in Beirut risks accelerating of Covid-19 in the country.
As Lebanon Covid-19 cases and deaths record high, the virus keeps increasing daily as the country grapples with the aftermath of an enormous port blast that rocked the capital, Beirut, and overwhelmed hospitals.
Seven people died of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said, and 309 new cases were recorded.
That brought the total number of infections to 7,121 and deaths to 87 since the start of the country’s outbreak in February. Even before the blast last week there had been a recent surge in infections.
While the daily figures are still relatively low compared with others countries in the region, they have risen in recent days, straining health facilities already overwhelmed with the influx of the injured from the August 4 explosion.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the chaos caused by the blast that killed more than 200 people, injured some 6,000, and left 300,000 without habitable housing risked accelerating the spread of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. Hospitals, many of which were damaged and their staff injured, were flooded with wounded.
WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told a United Nations briefing in Geneva on Tuesday.
“Our main priorities now is emergency care for those that got injured, continuing assessment of health impact and humanitarian needs, coordination of the international medical response, continuity of Covid-19 care, procurement for PPEs for health workers, provision of essential medical supplies to fill urgent gaps and also restoration of functioning of damaged health facilities,”