Lebanon confirms 1,012 coronavirus cases, seven deaths

Lebanon has witnessed an alarming surge in coronavirus cases in the last two months, but no health policy has been put in place by authorities

  
A woman shops at a crowded souk as Lebanon's government ordered most of the country to shut down again for four days, starting on Wednesday night, to ward off a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) resurgence after easing some restrictions, in Sabra, Beirut suburbs, Lebanon May 13, 2020.

A woman shops at a crowded souk as Lebanon's government ordered most of the country to shut down again for four days, starting on Wednesday night, to ward off a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) resurgence after easing some restrictions, in Sabra, Beirut suburbs, Lebanon May 13, 2020.

REUTERS/Aziz Taher

BEIRUT: Lebanon Sunday confirmed 1,012 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths, raising the total number of registered cases in the country to 36,240.

Of the new cases, 990 were found among the resident population and 22 among travelers. Seven deaths were recorded due to coronavirus complications. A total of 347 people have died from coronavirus complications since the virus was first detected on Feb. 21.

Test positivity among the local population was at 8.3 percent Sunday.

Lebanon has witnessed an alarming surge in coronavirus cases in the last two months, but no health policy has been put in place by authorities.

The American University of Beirut's Global Health Institute said that Lebanon had the second-highest number of active cases per million people among Arab countries. Lebanon trailed Bahrain with 2,628 cases per million, compared to 3,918 per million in the Gulf kingdom.

It called this data "very alarming" and also challenged misinformation that only old people die from COVID-19, pointing out that 22 percent of the people who have died in Lebanon from the disease are younger than 60. "These figures will likely change as the health care system becomes overloaded," it added.

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