The World Health Organization (WHO) warned today, Wednesday (August 12, 2020) that the number of Coronavirus cases in Lebanon could increase after half of Beirut’s health facilities were damaged by the devastating explosion that hit the port of Lebanon. capital last week.
Richard Brennan, Director of Emergencies at the Regional Office of the World Health Organization, said that after assessing 55 hospitals and health centers in Beirut, “just over 50 percent of them are off duty.” Health officials previously confirmed that three large hospitals were destroyed, while several other hospitals were severely damaged, causing them to run at low capacity.
These developments coincide with Lebanon’s record yesterday, Tuesday, for the number of people infected with Corona, reaching 300 cases and seven deaths, bringing the total number of injuries to 7,121 and deaths to 78.
On the other hand, Morocco has recorded a record number of cases of Corona virus infection, as registered cases reached 1499 cases in 24 hours, according to the Moroccan Ministry of Health, as well as 23 deaths. The number of injuries is the highest ever recorded in this country since the first injury was recorded in March.
From today’s data, the total number of cases in Morocco has risen to 36.6 thousand, of which about 25.6 thousand cases of healing, compared to 556 deaths. Morocco is still in a state of health emergency, but has eased quarantine measures for a while, although it reverts to restrictive measures from time to time.
In Algeria, Algerian Minister of Energy Abdel Majid Attar revealed that the losses of government energy companies amount to about a billion dollars due to the repercussions of the pandemic, saying that his country’s revenue from hydrocarbon exports fell by 40. % during the first half of this year compared to the same period last year, but stressed the existence of significant growth in domestic energy demand, about 7% per year.
Cases in Algeria reached 36.7 thousand, of which 25.6 thousand were cured, while the number of deaths reached 1,333, after 11 deaths in the last 24 hours. Algeria is one of the Arab countries with the highest number of recorded deaths and the European Union, along with Morocco, has removed it from its safe travel list.
In Jordan, Jordanian Interior Minister Salama Hammad decided Wednesday to close the Jaber border crossing with Syria for a week, starting Thursday, after injuries were recorded among border center workers, according to as published by the Jordanian press agency.
Jordan, one of the Arab countries least affected by the virus, has recorded 25 cases of the new Corona virus in the last two days, most of which at the “Jaber border” crossing with Syria, after the infections were limited to the Jordanians returning from abroad and residing in quarantine places. As of Monday evening, the number of people infected with the virus in Jordan has reached 1283, of whom 1189 have recovered, while the death toll has reached 11.
UAE / AH (AFP, DPA)