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Number of new COVID-19 cases will exceed 10,000 today, Abiad says

Number of new COVID-19 cases will exceed 10,000 today, Abiad says

A health workers performs a PCR test. (Credit: Aziz Taher/Reuters)

BEIRUT— Despite the increasing number of new COVID-19 cases daily, which is expected to surpass “10,000 today,” Health Minister Firass Abiad on Wednesday reassured that there remains no need for a countrywide lockdown.

Here’s what we know:

    • Abiad announced at a press conference held at the Grand Serail that “coronavirus infections will exceed 10,000 today,” noting that “the situation does not require a general closure, but we cannot ease measures like other countries.”

    • Last month, Abiad estimated that “the opening of schools would likely accentuate the spread of the virus,” stressing, however, the importance of students attending in-person classes. He added, at the time, that the number of hospital beds dedicated to COVID-19 was increased by almost 30 percent to combat the rise in cases.

    • Officials have so far worked to avoid the need for a total lockdown by directing efforts towards preventative measures, including ramping up the country’s vaccination campaign.


BEIRUT— Despite the increasing number of new COVID-19 cases daily, which is expected to surpass “10,000 today,” Health Minister Firass Abiad on Wednesday reassured that there remains no need for a countrywide lockdown.Here’s what we know:    • Abiad announced at a press conference held at the Grand Serail that “coronavirus infections will exceed 10,000 today,” noting that...