Lebanese hospital capacity limited to cope with post-explosion jump in COVID-19 cases


Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan has warned that the hospital is reaching its maximum capacity to treat patients with the new Corona virus. The victims of the deadly explosion in Beirut have flooded clinics and caused a spike in the COVID-19 case.

Speaking to AFP on Tuesday (18/8/2020), Hamad said the hospital currently has limited capacity. According to him, this is in relation to the beds next to the breathing apparatus.

“In particular, public and private hospitals in the capital have very limited capacity, both in terms of beds in intensive care units and in respiratory devices,” said Hamad Hassan.

“We are on the edge, we do not have the luxury of taking time,” he continued.

He also warned and called on authorities to make difficult decisions. Namely, by imposing a two-week blockade to stop the spread of the virus.

Lebanon has seen a surge in coronavirus deaths and deaths in recent weeks, and they have set new records since the Beirut blast.

Lebanon posted a one-day record of 456 new infections on Monday, bringing the total to 9,337, including 105 deaths since the epidemic began in February.

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