Lebanon is experiencing a surge of new coronavirus cases after it mostly ended its lockdown less than two weeks ago.
While the country took aggressive measures at the start of the pandemic, the easing of restrictions has led to an increase in cases. Lebanon saw its highest daily count on Sunday, with 166 new cases, according to the country’s Health Ministry.
The country has more than 2,330 cases and 36 deaths, with 878 cases active and 35 patients currently hospitalized. The health ministry classifies 26 as “mild,” while nine people are in intensive care units.
In interviews with local television stations, Health Minister Hamad Hassan said 131 of the new cases were recorded among employees of a cleaning company in Lebanon. While he said that the possibility of transmitting COVID-19 exists, it is not a significant risk.
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Hassan told local television channel LBCI that “matters are still within the set plan,” according to the state-run National News Agency.
“Our admitting capacities in government hospitals are acceptable, and the departments are ready. Despite the high number of Coronavirus cases, matters are still within the set plan and the community is required to take the necessary measures, with the mask being the standard for prevention,” the outlet reported.