The Ministry of Health announces the opening of a COVID service in Biel from tomorrow, in order to respond to a possible significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalization. This structure will be inaugurated tomorrow by Prime Minister Najib Mikati and was funded by the United Arab Emirates and the assistance of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

It has 90 beds, a capacity that can be increased if necessary and will be operated in cooperation with the Lebanese Red Cross for the transport of patients and the Rafic Hariri University Hospital for medical staff.

The Minister of Health specifies that this structure will have a laboratory and an independent generator. At the same time, this involves responding to a possible sudden increase in hospital requirements in the face of the omicron variant.

The center will assess the patient’s condition and decide on the medical service he needs. If the situation of a person with Covid-19 requires a monitoring period ranging from twenty-four to forty-eight hours, to then be transferred if necessary to a hospital or will continue his convalescence at his home.

This center should be open to all patients without exception for a symbolic rate of 1000 LL per day.

In addition, the Ministry of Health announces at the same time that 6,665 people were diagnosed positive for covid19 on Tuesday, however the total number of people infected at 787,498 since February 2020. Among them, 71,548 people are currently carrying the virus, a figure that is still rising.

13 people died on Tuesday, bringing the number of people who have died to 9,311 since the onset of the disease in Lebanon.

At the hospital level, 725 people are currently hospitalized, or 66% of current capacity. Among them, 83% are not vaccinated. Of these 725 people, 364 are placed in intensive care, (77% of current capacities) of which 86% are not vaccinated.

Finally, 78 people are placed on a ventilator (+7 compared to yesterday) of which 88% are not vaccinated.

At the vaccination level. 2,492,010 or 45.7% of the population received a first dose, 2,002,877 received 2 doses (36.8% of the population) and 354,156 a 3rd dose (or 17.7% of the population)

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