Lebanon registers 129 COVID-19 cases, two deaths

With two new deaths registered as a result of the virus, the total number of fatalities was raised to 57

  
Health workers take swab samples from passengers who arrived at Beirut international airport on its re-opening day following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Beirut, Lebanon July 1, 2020. Image used illustrator purpose

Health workers take swab samples from passengers who arrived at Beirut international airport on its re-opening day following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Beirut, Lebanon July 1, 2020. Image used illustrator purpose

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BEIRUT: Lebanon registered 129 new coronavirus cases Thursday, in addition to two deaths as the country went under lockdown.

Of the newly recorded cases, 118 were detected among the local population and 11 from incoming travelers, raising the total number of coronavirus cases to 4,331.

With two new deaths registered as a result of the virus, the total number of fatalities was raised to 57.

The number of PCR tests administered in the past 24 hours was 7,112, according to the Health Ministry report.

Lebanon Thursday went under a lockdown that is expected to last until Monday night in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus as it reached the phase of increased community transmissions.

The lockdown will resume on Aug. 6 and continue through Aug. 10.

Head of Rafik Hariri University Hospital Firass Abiad warned in a series of tweets Thursday that a rise in hospitalizations was looming as Lebanon witnesses an unprecedented surge in cases.

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