Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Do the positive tests continue to decline?


Today, the second phase of the gradual reopening begins, which includes the reopening of travel agencies, car agencies, repair shops, laundry, flower shops, outdoor sports stadiums and others. And while this opening came on the eve of a remarkable decline in the positive rate of the examinations, which reached about 12% yesterday (1685 injuries out of 13 thousand and 197 examinations, in addition to 43 deaths), but it also comes in the midst of a blistering loosening, reflected by scenes of congestion in places where snow accumulates for a hiking end. The week, when the exit permits are supposed to be almost non-existent!

Consequently, voices are calling for re-emphasis on commitment to the decisions of gradual conquest on the one hand, and to activate oversight over the interests included in the reopening in terms of implementing preventive measures, so that the closure effects that led to the reduction of the positive rate of examinations are not in vain, especially since Lebanon has recently entered the vaccination phase. In light of the global policy of “distillation” of vaccines, more attention is required.

Yesterday, the 31 thousand and 500 doses promised within the first batches, which are scheduled to arrive weekly in the next five weeks (a total of 250 thousand doses), arrived the day before yesterday, while efforts are still underway to bring in Russian vaccine doses, according to the sources of the Ministry of Health, in an atmosphere reporting a delay. It extends to the end of April due to the currently increasing demand for the vaccine.

Information indicates that the Lebanese government’s delay in granting approval to approve the Russian vaccine has placed Lebanon in the 30th place on the waiting list, “but this will not prevent us from getting the vaccine at the end of next March, as the payments are scheduled to arrive in succession,” according to informed sources.

In comparison with the “global situation”, the head of the Parliamentary Health Committee, Assem Araji considered that Lebanon is one of the lucky countries that managed to reserve rations for them and started the vaccination process. Large, like Iran, for example, every three weeks on 200 thousand doses only ».

It is known that Lebanon will be next Saturday on a date with the arrival of about 41 thousand doses to complete the vaccination process, which is expected to last more than eight months if the vaccination mechanism goes according to the plan.

It was remarkable that the Minister of Health, Hamad Hassan, “wished”, after opening a vaccination center in Baalbek yesterday, to abide by all standards “according to the plan prepared for the vaccination campaign, and not to go beyond the standards by passing some favoritism by some (…)”.

At this time, with the exception of Mount Lebanon Governorate, the percentages in the numbers recorded on the platform in the rest of the governorates still indicate that the “response” to the vaccination demands is not as required, as Hamad indicated, for example, that the percentage recorded so far in Baalbek Governorate is the lowest. At the level of the governorates after Akkar, where the Akkar region recorded 1.6% of the total number of those who registered on the platform, followed by the Baalbek-Hermel governorate with 2%, the Bekaa governorate 5%, the Nabatiyeh 6%, the south governorate 7.4%, the north governorate 10%, and Beirut 16%, And Mount Lebanon Governorate 52% ».





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