| 22 February 2024, Thursday |

Lebanon witnesses historic drop in COVID-19 cases, deaths

The Ministry of Public Health reported 3 deaths and 46 new Covid-19 cases today, Monday, registering a historic fall, with 10,302 tests done.

In this regard, Firas Abiad, Director General of Rafik Hariri University Hospital, stated that “the daily numbers of Covid-19 cases in Lebanon remain low following weeks of reduction.”

“Many incidents affirm that it is still too early to celebrate what we have achieved so far,” he said on social media. Covid-19 will always be a great concern in the near future, despite current efforts, for the following reasons:

To begin with, our vaccine program is picking up steam, which is encouraging private sector’s participation. The lack of a vaccination marathon this weekend, on the other hand, underscores logistical challenges in vaccinating more or younger people. Many of AstraZeneca’s vaccine delays are due to public concerns regarding vaccination safety.

Second, the fraction of the population who is fully vaccinated in this country continues to be low. Only a portion of infection is prevented by partial immunization. Even if you have immunity, re-infection or illness after the vaccine is a possibility. A big section of the population is still susceptible at our current levels of immunity.”

  • Sawt Beirut International