66 injuries after “coexistence” with “Corona”: Do not stress and fear of the worst


Hadeel Farfour wrote in Al-Akhbar:
Although the number of Coronavirus infections yesterday was “shocking” yesterday, the data still henceforth indicate a kind of epidemic control. It is true that the famous saying “No need to panic” may be correct until now, but what may warrant serious panic is that the negligence in dealing with the virus in the coming stage will coincide with a general collapse that the country suffers from, including the health sector. This carelessness cannot be borne solely by the expatriates fleeing from the stone.

On the day it was decided to reopen the airport, those concerned were well aware of the risks involved, but preferred to “coexist” with the Corona virus, as were the rest of the countries that could no longer tolerate the closure, especially since Lebanon was the one with the strongest argument in rushing to open the air in connection with the deteriorating economic conditions, With the assertion (more than once by both Prime Minister Hassan Diab and Health Minister Hamad Hassan) that the second wave of the epidemic is inevitably coming, “We must prepare for it by tightening protection and prevention measures.” Ten days have passed since the airport was reopened, but without any signs of tightening or any trace of any level of preparedness required to prevent slipping into the threat of local epidemic spread.

Yesterday, prior to the issuance of the official report on daily HIV infections, the Minister of Health warned that “the number of infected people will be shocking because there is an expatriate who mixed with his surroundings and attended a wedding and went to the pool without taking the necessary precautions or adhering to the stone”, in a context reminiscent of the responsibility of expatriates And the magnitude of the risks posed by their failure to quarantine.

Is there a responsibility to expatriates? Of course. But the primary responsibility remains on the decision makers who bet on the “conscience” of the arrivals and marginalized the step of preparing a plan for the obligatory stone that was supposed to be activated with the first evacuation trip that was organized to return the arrivals to the country. How can the discourse of the residents ’responsibility and the importance of respecting the guidelines to be involved in the responsibility of mapping the epidemic be enhanced without attaching serious“ official ”steps that remind them, at least, of the seriousness of the situation? What about control mechanisms for restaurants, malls, beaches, taxis, and mixing grounds? And if the main argument for reopening the airport is to attract tourists, what are the procedures followed to monitor the movements of these people during the first 72 hours of their arrival in their places of residence (according to what was required by the Ministry of Tourism plan)? What are the mechanisms to enable municipalities and local authorities to assist Ministry employees who have been depleted since the beginning of the epidemic? A few days ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged that the virus was transmitted through tiny particles suspended in the air, which necessitates strict wearing of masks.

The answer to these inquiries may appear to be a luxury in countries occupied with collapse, and its citizens stopped weeks ago from following the virus counter, but neglecting them only means more collapse. Yesterday, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tadrosh Gebresus, said that the virus is not under control in most parts of the world and is getting worse, pointing out that countries face a delicate balance between protecting their people and maintaining basic health services while reducing social and economic damage (…). This means that the negligence in dealing with the virus in the coming stage coincides with the massive collapse suffered by the country, including the health sector, with the threat of private hospitals to close within three weeks, and with the continuing crisis of importing medical supplies, which means that the chances of survival and the virus will not be guaranteed as they were in The previous stage, although the numbers are still warning that the situation in general is “under control”, according to Hamad.

The Ministry of Health announced yesterday that it had recorded 66 new injuries (22 of the arrivals and 44 of the resident residents), bringing the total number of injuries to 2011, compared to the number of recovery cases to 1368, which makes the number of actual injured 607, of whom only 38 are treated in hospitals (10 of them Their condition is critical).

In conclusion, the famous saying: “There is no need for panic” to be correct for the Minister of Health so far, but the country’s record in managing crises in general, and during this crisis in particular, does not foretell except for more panic, and it is indeed imperative that the residents protect themselves and rely on their individual initiatives. To resist the threat of a pandemic, as do hunger and poverty.


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