Lebanon is Drowning

“We have nothing left, just when we thought it couldn’t get worse, it did”, explained activist Maya Ammar.

Before the blast, hospitals had sufficient supply to treat patients but now they might start to run short on equipment. Dr. Firas Abiad, director general of Rafik Hariri University Hospital said he expects an increase in cases in the next 10 to 15 days linked to crowding at hospitals and blood donation centers after the blast (Brito, 2020). A renewed lockdown was supposed to go into effect this week to slow the spike in cases, but those plans were canceled after the explosion.

“Lebanon is no longer on the brink of collapse. The economy of Lebanon has collapsed,” Fawaz Gerges, professor of international relations at the London School of Economics.

The emergency in Beirut has relaxed many precautionary measures causing a record 309 new coronavirus cases. At least 15 medical facilities have sustained structural damage from the blast (Aljazeera, 2020). The Lebanon Prime Minister, Hussan Diah, and government workers have turned in their resignations. The blast has made waves and Lebanon can’t seem to come up for air.

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