Sharp rise in virus cases in Lebanon after deadly blast
Millennium Post Delhi|August 18, 2020
Sharp rise in virus cases in Lebanon after deadly blast
Lebanese customs chief arrested after being questioned over massive explosion

BEIRUT: Lebanon is facing a surge in Coronavirus cases after a devastating blast at the Beirut port earlier this month killed scores and wounded thousands, prompting medical officials to urge Monday for a two-week lockdown to try to contain the pandemic.

Virus numbers were expected to rise following the August 4, explosion of nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at the port. Around 180 people were killed, more than 6,000 wounded and a quarter of a million left with homes unfit to live in.

The blast overwhelmed the city's hospitals and also badly damaged two that had a key role in handling virus cases.

Ahead of the surge, medical officials had warned of the dangers of crowding at hospitals in the aftermath of the explosion, at funerals or as people searched through the rubble. Protests and demonstrations also broke out after the blast as Lebanese vented their anger at the ruling class and decadeslong mismanagement.

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August 18, 2020