BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan on Wednesday tested positive for coronavirus and was hospitalized, a ministry statement said.
The minister was hospitalized in St. George’s Hospital for treatment, the statement said.
Lebanon hospitals are running out of ability to treat critically ill patients as COVID-19 infections increase after the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Daily infections reached a maximum of 5,440 cases on Friday. Lebanon had recorded a total of 226,948 cases with 1,705 deaths as of Tuesday.
Lebanon is currently under a three-week blockade ending on February 2nd.
The country is also introducing a 24-hour curfew that runs through Thursday through Jan. 25, tightening since the start of the pandemic with even supermarkets open only for delivery services.
The pandemic hit Lebanon as it was in the midst of a devastating financial crisis that toppled the currency, paralyzing banks and savers frozen from their deposits.
Medical supplies have dwindled as dollars have dwindled.
Reporting by Laial Bassam and Maha El Dahan; Edited by Alex Richardson
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