More than 60 still missing after Beirut mega-blast: ministry

Russian Emergency Situations personnel walk on the site of the explosion in the port of Beirut on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 to assess the blast damage. (Ministry of Emergency Situations via AP)
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Updated 10 August 2020

More than 60 still missing after Beirut mega-blast: ministry

  • Current casualty count is at 154, including 25 who have not yet been identified

BEIRUT: More than 60 people are still missing in Beirut, four days after a massive explosion at the port left more than 150 people dead, a health ministry official said Saturday.
“The number of dead is 154, including 25 who have not yet been identified,” the official said. “In addition, we have more than 60 people still missing.”
The health minister said on Friday that at least 120 of the 5,000 people who were injured on Tuesday are in critical condition.


Lebanon suffers another record in COVID-19 cases

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Lebanon suffers another record in COVID-19 cases

  • The new cases registered by the Health Ministry bring the overall number of confirmed cases in Lebanon to 29,303
  • It was the third consecutive record-breaking day of confirmed virus cases

BEIRUT: Lebanon registered a record 1,006 cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, the government announced Sunday, amid a sharp increase in infections and deaths due to the new coronavirus.
Health Minister Hamad Hassan recommended a total lockdown for two weeks to stem the alarming rise in daily detected infections, but authorities will find it difficult difficult to impose another lockdown amid an unprecedented economic collapse.
The new cases registered by the Health Ministry bring the overall number of confirmed cases in Lebanon to 29,303, while deaths have reached 297 since the first case was reported in the country in late February.
It was the third consecutive record-breaking day of confirmed virus cases.
The rise began after a lockdown was eased and the country’s only international airport was reopened in early July. The surge continued after the massive Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut’s port that killed 193 people, injured at least 6,500 and devastated much of the city.
The blast also overwhelmed Beirut’s hospitals and badly damaged two that had a key role in handling virus cases.