Lebanese health minister Hamad Hasan hospitalised for COVID-19

Cairo: Lebanon’s caretaker Health Minister Dr. Hamad Hasan has been admitted to a hospital in Beirut after he caught the coronavirus, a hospital statement said.

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“The minister’s health condition is good,” said the St George Hospital where Hasan is being treated.

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In recent weeks, Lebanon has experienced a surge in virus infections, straining the country’s health facilities amid an acute economic crisis.

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Health authorities Wednesday night confirmed 4,988 new cases, bringing the country’s tally to 231,936.

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Lebanon started on Thursday enforcing a 24-hour curfew until January 25 in its latest attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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Economic hardship

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The country has been suffering from severe economic hardships and a shortage of foreign currency reserves compounded by the global coronavirus outbreak, taking a toll on its health sector.

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A deadly explosion at the Beirut port in August has fuelled public discontent and forced the government to resign.

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Political divisions have since hampered the formation of a new government despite international pressure.

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