Lebanon reported its highest daily number of coronavirus deaths for the second day in a row after 41 people died in a 24-hour period on Thursday as the country officially went into lockdown, according to health officials.
Lebanon’s health ministry confirmed 41 people had died as of Thursday while 5,196 new COVID-19 cases had been detected. The total death toll due to the coronavirus pandemic in Lebanon now rises to 1,781.
The country officially went into a 24-hour lockdown on the first day of a strict 11-day lockdown imposed in a bid to slow down a sharp uptick in novel coronavirus cases.
A day earlier, Lebanon’s caretaker health minister Hamad Hasan tested positive for coronavirus. The Hezbollah-appointed minister had been transferred to Hezbollah’s Saint George hospital in Beirut’s suburb of al-Hadat for treatment.
Watch: Shops in the city of Dbayeh, north of #Beirut, are shuttered and its streets lie almost empty as #Lebanon enters a nationwide lockdown after #COVID19 cases surged drastically following the holiday season.https://t.co/hRlUFafOWH pic.twitter.com/dX61JX0WvL— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) January 14, 2021
The heightened restrictions, which include a 24-hour curfew until January 25, come after some hospitals started to run out of beds to treat COVID-19 patients.