A Time-lapse of COVID-19 State in Lebanon to Date
The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the way we carry out our daily lives since the start of 2020. With social distancing and remote working, a new normal has been set.
Nonetheless, restrictions are slowly being lifted in Lebanon as more people get vaccinated day by day. Masks; however, are still necessary as ever. Here’s a look back at how the pandemic started in Lebanon and its progression till now.
The first case in Lebanon
On February 21st, 2020, Health Minister, Hamad Hasan announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Lebanon.
The second case of many
The second confirmed case was made public on the 26th of February, 2020. The patient had been on the same plane from Iran as the first case, and passengers were advised to quarantine. Soon after, Rafik Hariri University Hospital announced 15 more cases.
The first death from COVID-19
On March 10th, the first death in Lebanon was recorded. The deceased was traveling from Egypt to Lebanon and was advised to quarantine at home. However, his health quickly deteriorated and could not be saved.
Self-curfew and the start of partial shutdown
Prime minister Hasan Diab would call people to practice self-curfew. Then, with a total number of 368 cases of COVID-19, a partial shutdown was announced by the Health Ministry.
Beirut and other cities in Lebanon appeared deserted as a total lockdown was imposed on the 13th of May.
Record number of cases
As the second wave of coronavirus hit Lebanon, daily cases surged. On september24th, a record number of 1006 cases was recorded in just 24 hours.
A catastrophic state
With an unstoppable spread, COVID-19 cases were showing everywhere. From prisons to refugee camps and different towns across Lebanon, the situation was escalating to uncontrollable levels. Towns were forced to lock down to control the spread of the virus.
A new strain
An infected patient traveling from London to Beirut registered the first case of the new COVID-19 strain
First batch of vaccines arrives
On February 13th 2021, hope is regained as the first batch of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccines arrives in at the Beirut International Airport
Ongoing Vaccination Campaign
The medical community and elderly were the first to get vaccinated. As more vaccines arrive, the number of vaccinated individuals reaches a record number of 10452.