Lockdowns in Lebanon Means More Suffering for Refugees

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And Lebanon continues to languish in a severe lockdown, desperately trying to get its COVID-19 spike under control. The surge has peaked, but the country still sees almost 3,000 new cases per day.

Some health experts worry the spread could lead to a new strain of the virus, similar to those originating in the UK and South Africa. Uncontrolled spread in any community can give the virus a perfect environment in which to mutate.

Wissam Nasrallah of LSESD says, “From a health standpoint, we’ve reached a stage nationwide of what we call an uncontrolled epidemic, with limited additional health system capacity. Hospitals are at 97% capacity in intensive care units.” Because of this, the country has settled into a hard lockdown, with almost all businesses closed, even stores.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News,

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray Lebanon would distribute COVID-19 vaccines to the most vulnerable, in a way that protects the whole community.
  • Consider supporting LSESD’s work in Lebanon.

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