“The second wave is inevitably coming”

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Only five cases of Corona virus were recorded in Lebanon yesterday, out of 1610 laboratory tests. After the Ministry of Public Health announced at noon that it had carried out 1,330 laboratory examinations, five of which were positive (three of them belonged to residents; including a pregnant woman who gave birth to her yesterday, while the remaining two injuries were for two arrivals who were diagnosed with infection days after their arrival in Lebanon), he announced Rafic Hariri Governmental University Hospital at night. No injuries out of 280 laboratory examinations were recorded.Accordingly, the meter was closed to 891 injuries, of which 246 were cured, with the number of deaths remaining at the threshold of 26 deaths, bringing the number of actual casualties in Lebanon to 619 cases.
In principle, the injury numbers came, for the second consecutive day from the date the commencement of the general closing procedures, were not “frightening”, and somewhat reassuring. It comes, contrary to the “mood” of panic and caution against a second wave of the epidemic. This panic was translated by holding municipalities and local authorities “take charge”, by directly adopting strict measures in implementing quarantine measures, as well as their interaction with health institutions and their interaction with civil initiatives. Perhaps what reinforced the atmosphere of “terror” was the frequent rumors of hidden injuries in hundreds of areas.
However, the number of injuries alone is not enough to fight this mood. This is because the fear may be justified in terms of the high number of contacts of the newly announced casualties, the majority of which were the source of the military court’s military personnel.

Hassan: The closure of the country was due to the high number of casualties among the military corps that were distributed in various regions (Haitham Al-Mousawi)

Yesterday, Minister of Health Hamad Hassan stressed the importance of tracking the families of the military, the expatriates ’commitment to responsibility, and the mandatory preventive home quarantine to accompany the municipalities and civil society actors (and gave an example that two positive cases resulted in the injury of approximately 18 people), pointing out that“ the closure of the country was due to the high number of injuries Among the military corps that was distributed in the various Lebanese regions, it was necessary to keep pace with the families and contacts of the wounded from different regions.
It is noteworthy that conflicting numbers were published regarding the injuries that were recorded in the ranks of the military, “but they are all exaggerated,” according to the Ministry of Health sources, who confirmed that the numbers are “limited and less than those published by some news sites.”
To that, the most prominent conclusion reached by the Supreme Health Council headed by Hamad yesterday is to reinforce the reality of caution that exists, according to which “the second wave of infections, or the fourth stage of the spread of the epidemic is inevitably coming,” noting that the session of the Council was devoted to assessing the stage Previous «Preparation for the next stage of the spread of the Corona epidemic, so that the joint readiness to contain the second wave of injuries is raised and remain for the longest possible period in the current stage which means the presence of cases within geographically defined groups».
While Hassan pointed out the necessity to work from the various official sites to prepare and be ready in the event of a new wave of the spread of the epidemic or a slide in the fourth stage, he indicated that the next stage requires preparation to take several steps; Among them is the activation of unhealthy institutions and devices to support the Ministry of Health, especially in implementing public health measures to monitor mandatory domestic segregation.
It was interesting to announce a good start to start the adoption of rapid immunological examination detectors with a view to assessing community immunity (Anti Body Screening Test and Antigen Swab Test), “where a preliminary idea will be formed on this topic on Sunday”, and that this procedure coincides with raising the percentage of examinations directed at Regions.
At this time, attention is directed to the regions, and to the “local” efforts that will be established in each region. In this context, yesterday, the lau medical clinic conducted free pcr checks for unsecured citizens in the towns of Al-Bisariya, Babeliya, Saksakiya and Ansariya, as part of the national campaign to combat the outbreak of the virus.

Adoption of rapid immunoassay reagents to assess community immunity

Likewise, elements of the Internal Security Forces continued to isolate the town of Chhim by placing five barriers at the entrances to the town to monitor the implementation of the measures.
A specialized medical team from the Rafic Hariri Hospital in Beirut conducted the PCR tests for 260 people in the school complex in Shuheem who had mixed the three injuries that were registered in the town, with the results of the exams being released today. In this regard, the mayor of Chhim pointed out that Chhim has 50 thousand Lebanese, and about 15 thousand of Syrian and Palestinian refugees and other nationalities, “We cannot venture with 70 thousand people except to temporarily quarrel with leprosy so that we can block the epidemic.”
The focus on mandatory quarantine and municipal responsibility comes in light of the continuing challenge of the arrival of expatriates within the third batch of evacuations that began, last Thursday, in light of the lack of any plans related to the forced quarantine mechanism to “harbor” them.
Yesterday, it was the day dedicated to receiving flights from the countries where PCR tests are not available, and it included about a thousand expatriates, distributed over four hotels and subjected to the same procedures previously taken (PCR checks at the airport and stone in hotels until the results are issued, and then distribute the injured Rafic Hariri Hospital and the return of the injured to their homes with a commitment to adhere to the quarantine).
According to the director of the office of the Minister of Tourism, Mazen Bou Dergham, arrivals are obliged this time to adhere to quarantine while activating the municipalities and local authorities with the task of monitoring them and making sure of their commitment, pointing out that some of the aircraft coming from countries that are suspicious of the results of the PCR checks «travelers on board are subject to the same procedures To which those coming from countries where tests are not available are subject to ». This is because “many doubts are raised about the results of some tests that are conducted in some countries, and therefore the passengers of the plane coming from Nigeria were quarantined the day before yesterday (240 passengers), where the tests were re-conducted before they were demobilized.”
As for the focus on stone this time, it is due to the attempt to avoid a repetition of the previous scenario that led to the re-spread. It is worth mentioning in this regard that 53% of injuries are cases of contact, and 29% are cases of expatriates, “and this matter is important for the level of personal protection and the application of isolation,” according to the head of the Health Education Department at the Ministry of Health Dr. Rasha Hamra, noting that “55 % Of cases affect the age group that ranges between 20 and 49 years, so injuries are less lethal to health than injuries that affect older age groups.





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