WORLD Lebanon's COVID-19 cases exceed 26,000, death toll at 259


Lebanon's COVID-19 cases exceed 26,000, death toll at 259


07:37, September 17, 2020

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BEIRUT, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's number of COVID-19 infections increased on Wednesday by 634 to 26,083 while death toll went up by seven to 259, the Health Ministry reported.

The ministry continues conducting PCR tests for people all over the country in an attempt to restrict the further spread of the virus.

Moreover, the spread of the virus in the largest prison in Lebanon prompted some officials and parents of prisoners to urge the government to approve general amnesty.

Families of the prisoners complained against the absence of proper follow-up on COVID-19 patients inside the prison, noting that each room contains tens of prisoners which accelerated the increase in infections.

Lebanon has been fighting against COVID-19 since Feb. 21.

The country has received several donations from different countries for the fight against COVID-19 including China which offered on Sept. 9 around 10,000 N95 masks, 100,000 medical masks, 100,000 gloves and 6,000 PCR rapid tests.

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