Lebanese authorities say 7,547 people have tested positive for COVID19 in the past 24 hours. 17 deaths are also to be deplored. Speaking on Twitter, the Minister of Health, Firas el Abiad estimated that the Omicron wave which started in Lebanon three weeks ago and has turned into a Tsunami.
Thus, 769,400 people have been infected with covid19 or a variant since February 2020. 9,267 people died from it. On the hospital side, 690 people are currently hospitalized, 68% of whom are unvaccinated. This currently represents 84% of current hospital capacity.
Of these 690 people, 347 are currently in intensive care, 79 of whom are not vaccinated. The current intensive care occupancy rate is 83%.
Finally, 71 people are placed on a ventilator, 92% of which are not vaccinated.
If the situation in hospitals and intensive care units remains stable, capacities have been strengthened, notes the minister, who also deplores that the shortages of drugs, in particular against cancer, and of milk have worsened in recent times.
This day was also marked by the first stage of the Pfizer marathon. More than 30,000 people were thus able to benefit from a first, second or third injection.
While more than 9,000 families have been bereaved by the loss of a loved one and a Pfizer marathon is being organized this Saturday and Sunday, dozens of anti -ax activists – generally also anti-masks – have mobilized in downtown Beirut, a first in Lebanon to denounce the current vaccination process and the project to see primary and secondary school students, the main vectors of the disease today, be offered to be vaccinated.