Lebanon records 1,403 COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths

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BEIRUT – Lebanon registered 12 new coronavirus-related deaths and 1,403 cases Saturday, as a field hospital to increase patient intake capacity was installed in north Lebanon.

Among the new cases, 33 were from travelers arriving from abroad, bringing the total number of cases in Lebanon since the virus was first detected in the country in late February to 169,472. The total number of deaths now stands at 1,379.

A total of 11,124 PCR tests have been administered in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate of the tests in the last two weeks stood at 13.5 percent.

The Health Ministry said that 422 patients were in ICUs and 139 on mechanical ventilation.

The Health Ministry also announced Saturday it had installed a field hospital attached to the Sir al-Dinnieh public hospital in north Lebanon, in cooperation with the Army.

The ministry said it plans to install the second field hospital in Tripoli soon.

Meanwhile caretaker Interior Minister Mohammad Fahmi also signaled that another lockdown could be on the horizon if cases surged, as Lebanon is in the midst of the holiday season with minimal restrictions in place.

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