Beirut Blast Aftermath: No Social Distancing Leads To Rise In COVID-19 Cases In Lebanon

Lebanon recorded its highest single-day spike of 309 new cases and seven deaths.

Sohil Nikam

August 13, 2020

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The aftermath of the deadly blast that shook Beirut last week is presenting a worrying outcome, as Lebanon’s COVID-19 cases have seen a steady rise since then. The blast had caused various virus prevention measures to be relaxed in the country due to important relief efforts and protests against the government’s negligence. Lebanon has recorded its highest single-day caseload, with 309 new cases and 7 fatalities.

Amidst rising public anger, the Lebanese Government decided to resign earlier this week. On August 4, an explosion took place in the port of Beirut that drove people’s attention towards the site. As several people were capturing the scenes on their phone cameras, a massive blast took place that shook the entire city, leaving at least 3 lakh people homeless. The second blast was caused by a cache of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that was confiscated by the Lebanese Government from an abandoned ship six years ago.

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