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Lebanon Registers 36 New COVID-19 Deaths, 1,608 Cases

Lebanon Registers 36 New COVID-19 Deaths, 1,608 Cases
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By Staff, Agencies

Lebanon registered 36 new coronavirus deaths and 1,608 cases, the Health Ministry said Tuesday as workers in more sectors started to receive the jab.

The cases were detected among 19,334 tests, with only six cases found among travelers arriving at Rafik Hariri International Airport. The average positivity rate throughout the last two weeks stood at 13.4 percent.

The total number of cases since the virus was first detected in the country on Feb. 21, 2020, rose to 513,006 according to figures released by the Health Ministry. The total number of fatalities now stands at 6,995.

The statistics provided by the Health Ministry also show that 1,658 patients are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 and related complications, with 769 in the ICU and 194 requiring ventilators.

The Health Ministry also reported that 9,756 first-stage jabs and 3,259 second-round vaccinations were administered in the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative number of inoculations since the Feb. 14 onset to 246,960 first-stage and 129,913 second-stage jabs so far.

Meanwhile, the vaccination rollout commenced for the teachers and students of the Lebanese University and journalists earlier Tuesday, after security forces started receiving the jabs Monday.