Lebanon's number of COVID-19 cases exceeds 16,000

Source: Xinhua| 2020-08-30 02:52:01|Editor: huaxia

BEIRUT, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's number of COVID-19 cases increased on Saturday by 662 to 16,275 while the death toll went up by seven to 155, the Health Ministry reported.

Charaf Abou Charaf, head of Lebanese Order of Physicians, announced that beds for COVID-19 patients in Lebanon are limited.

Meanwhile, Lebanese hospitals are trying to expand their COVID-19 units to handle a higher number of patients in the future.

Firas Abiad, director general of Rafic Hariri University Hospital, noted the EU, through the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, helped his hospital add six new COVID-19 ICU beds, raising the total number of ICU beds to 29.

On Saturday, the UN Development Program announced its support for the establishment of 10 quarantine centers in different regions of Lebanon with the funding of the British government, according to the Lebanese Health Ministry.

Lebanon has been fighting against COVID-19 since Feb. 21.

China offered on June 11 around 17,500 masks, 1,500 protective suits, 1,320 goggles and 1,000 shoe covers to Lebanese public hospitals. Enditem