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Lebanon Confirms 547 New COVID-19 Cases, 5 Deaths
By Staff, Agencies
Lebanon confirmed 547 new COVID-19 cases Monday and five new deaths, raising the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 24,857.
Of the new cases, 544 were detected among the local population and three among travelers from abroad. There are now a total of 246 deaths due to coronavirus complications since the illness was first detected on February 21.
Cases were detected among 6,230 PCR tests administered in the last 24 hours, bringing the positivity rate to 12.8% among the local population, according to the daily Health Ministry COVID-19 report.
Lebanon’s coronavirus cases saw an alarming surge in August and consequently higher positivity rates, coinciding with the catastrophic Beirut Port explosion. Thousands of injuries from the blast further overwhelmed the already-strained health care system.
A high number of daily reported cases continued through September, even after a two-week lockdown was imposed.
On August 26, Lebanon’s Higher Defense Council extended general mobilization regulations until the end of the year, following an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases over the last two months.
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