Lebanon suffers another record in COVID-19 cases

Lebanon registered a record 1,006 cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours. (File/AFP)
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Updated 20 September 2020

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.


Yemen minister: UN failed to convince Houthis to allow access to decaying oil tanker

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Yemen minister: UN failed to convince Houthis to allow access to decaying oil tanker

  • Earlier in October, the UN called on Houthis to allow its experts to visit the decaying Safer tanker

DUBAI: The United Nations (UN) failed to encourage the Iranian-backed Houthi militia to allow it to contain the danger caused by the explosion of Safer oil tanker, Yemen’s Minister of Information Muammar Al-Eryani said.
Al-Eryani said that the Houthi militia have been “misusing the issue for years to attain political and financial gains” and added that an explosion of the tanker and any oil spill may lead to a 10-year disaster and affect all Red Sea countries, state news agency Saba News reported.
Earlier in October, the UN called on Houthis to allow its experts to visit the decaying Safer tanker.
“I can tell you that we remain extremely concerned about the oil tanker off the coast of Hodeidah, which is at risk of spilling more than 1.1 million barrels of oil into the Red Sea,” he said at a press conference in New York, adding the UN has sent the Houthis a detailed plan about proposed technical assessment of the tanker.
In September, Yemen’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Al-Hadhrami blamed the Houthi militia for the Safer oil tanker’s looming disaster as the militia continued to block the UN’s help to access the damage.
Al-Hadhrami stressed the importance of pressuring the Houthis to allow technicians from the international organization to access the tanker.