| 21 May 2024, Tuesday |

Lebanon’s Covid-19 status is not reassuring

Director of Rafic Hariri University Hospital, Firas Abyad, indicated that the Covid-19 status in Lebanon is not reassuring, as the number of hospital admissions began to increase, and yesterday’s rate of positive tests was 4%, which is the highest in several weeks.

In a series of tweets, he said, “Two new cases were among health care workers who had previously been fully vaccinated. However, most of the new cases diagnosed in the hospital are among young, unvaccinated individuals. Has the mutated Delta arrived? This would not be surprising, as Lebanon is currently implementing the open-door policy in an attempt to bring in hard currency, which the economy desperately needs, amidst applying minimum safety measures.

Abyad added: “Given our other problems, Covid is not our major concern. But this is wrong, Increased activities will facilitate a new spread of infection. And when the numbers start to soar, restoring control will be too late, and vaccines alone will not save us. The road to Golgotha ​​is long and arduous.”