| 21 April 2024, Sunday |

COVID-19 cases increasing, and fear of New Year’s Eve

The general health situation in Lebanon does not bode well, as it suffers from several problems, the most important of which is the high cost of hospitalization, in addition to the costs of diesel fuel for power generation, in addition to the emigration of a large number of medical personnel. Globally, the Corona pandemic gave the world and Lebanon a summer break, but it returned to strike hard with the return of the winter season and gatherings in closed spaces without ventilation, and attendance education in schools, in addition to the emergence of Omicron mutant.
To shed light on this topic, Chairman of the National Committee for the Corona Vaccine, Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Bizri, joined us.
In the same context, Minister of Education and Higher Education Abbas Al-Halabi alerted young people and restaurant goers, of the need to apply health standards with the surging wave of the epidemic, and called on restaurants and nightclubs to be strict in implementing the standards of the Corona Control Committee, so as not to reach a complete closure, as a result of negligence. Halabi stressed that there will be no closure of schools and they will not pay the price this year, as happened last year, as a result of the loose procedures in restaurants, amusement parks and gathering places, as the school year, is a red line.
The head of the Bakeries Owners’ Syndicate in Mount Lebanon, Antoine Seif, denied information circulating about bakeries stopping making bread, considering that the news about the rise in the price of a bundle of bread to 30 thousand pounds, is inaccurate.
Seif explained that the reasons for the shortage of wheat and flour are the delay of the Banque du Liban in disbursing credits in regional waters, reassuring that the issue was being dealt with, and that the increase in the price of a bundle of bread was the result of the lifting of diesel subsidies and the rise in the price of the dollar