COVID-19

First mega-immunization center opens in Lebanon

Lebanon, where a vaccination “mega-center” was opened yesterday, has recorded six deaths and 139 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, according to a daily report released in the evening by the Ministry of Health. These numbers bring the total number of Covid cases reported since February 2020, when the virus first appeared in the country, to 541,940. Among these contaminants, 7,780 people have died.

For several weeks now, rates have plummeted, and the vaccination campaign is accelerating. In addition, to ensure that as many people as possible are vaccinated, a vaccine clinic, the first in Lebanon, was opened during the day at City Mall in Dora, north of Beirut. This center will be run by the Lebanese Red Cross. At the opening ceremony, outgoing health minister Hamad Hassan said the center should “encourage” citizens to get vaccinated. It will be able to accommodate “1,000 to 5,000 people a day, a record number,” he said, assuring that it was completely “safe” and that doctors and the Lebanese Red Cross were present.

The third vaccination marathon will be hosted by the ministry on Saturday and Sunday across the country using a Pfizer / BioNTech product. The centers provided for this purpose will be open from 8:00 to 18:00 and will be available for people over 55 years old, as well as for people with special needs. All people wishing to take this opportunity to receive an injection must first register on the platform designed for this purpose. Similar initiatives have been organized over the past two weekends: first the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine targeted people over 30 and then over 60 who fell behind in the Pfizer product campaign.

In the past 24 hours, 7,918 people received the first dose of one of the vaccines available in the country and 7,793 people received the second dose. Overall, since the start of the vaccination campaign in mid-February, 12.1% of the eligible Lebanese population received their first injection and 6.3% are fully immune.

Quarantine exclusions

Lebanon, which had been almost completely deconcentrated for several weeks, continued on this path yesterday. Therefore, the national commission in charge of monitoring the pandemic has recommended abolishing the curfew, which was in effect from 22:00 to 5:00, but which has hardly been enforced for several weeks. She also recommended adding six additional hotels to those already approved by the authorities to receive passengers from the United Kingdom and Brazil, so that they can be quarantined upon arrival in Beirut due to alarming virus variants that originate from these two countries. The committee has finally recommended that passengers arriving from the UK who have received a dose of the Covid vaccine for more than 14 days should be exempted from mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Lebanon.

In a revised version of its measures for travelers from the United Kingdom and Brazil, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation, which reports to the Department of Transport and Public Works, introduced a quarantine exemption for people who received their first dose of vaccine at least 14 days before departure. She also pointed out that passengers who have been infected with the virus in the past 90 days (supporting documents) and those who received a second dose of vaccine at least 14 days before arrival are exempt from PCR testing in these cases. trip to Lebanon. However, they must take this test upon arrival in Beirut.

Lebanon, where a vaccination “mega-center” was opened yesterday, has recorded six deaths and 139 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, according to a daily report released in the evening by the Ministry of Health. These numbers bring the total number of Covid cases reported since February 2020 to 541,940 when …

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