Hadeel Farfour wrote in “Al-Akhbar”:
According to the World Health Organization, the percentage of positive examinations should not exceed 5% for a period of 14 consecutive days before the opening of the various sectors, while the average rate of these rates in Lebanon, over the past two weeks, exceeds 16%, that is, it exceeds three Times the permissible rate for re-opening sectors!
According to official estimates, the highest rate of injuries was recorded on the eighteenth of last month, when the rate of positive tests reached 40%, while the lowest rate was recorded on the 23rd of the same month (after the first week of complete closure), and it reached 9.4%.
These data will certainly not push for a return to a complete lockdown that has just ended after two weeks of complaint and pressure exerted by stakeholders, merchants and other professionals due to the difficult economic situation. However, it is simply an indication of the continued worsening epidemiological situation in the country where the total number of active infections exceeded 47,000, with the Ministry of Health announcing yesterday evening that 1,842 cases (15 of them are imported) were recorded, out of about 14,000 laboratory examinations (that is, a positive rate). Examinations amounted to about 13%), while 22 deaths were recorded (total deaths reached 1055).
As a natural consequence of this reality, the pressure on intensive care beds will inevitably rise, and the number of people residing in intensive care has reached 368, 147 of whom are connected to ventilators, noting that it is estimated that only 90 intensive care beds are still vacant. A number is expected to serve for two weeks only, unless private hospitals fulfill their promises to raise their readiness after the reopening of the country to reduce the burden on government hospitals in general and Rafic Hariri Governmental Hospital in particular, which has 120 beds in the section devoted to Corona, according to its director, Firas Al-Abyad.
Al-Abyadh explained to “Al-Akhbar” that the hospital, which increased the number of its beds in intensive care, is currently working on increasing the number of beds for Covid 19 patients in the dialysis department, pointing out that the most important challenge facing the country is that the economic crisis is preventing the country from closing to rest the health sector .
He pointed to the increase in the number of ordinary patients in the hospital (in the section devoted to patients without Covid 19), “because due to the economic situation, many people are resorting to the government hospital.” If this indicates anything, then the importance of paying attention to government hospitalization, which has been neglected for decades, in the interest of private hospitals that have not hesitated to wrest their interests at the expense of one of the major health crises in Lebanon.