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COVID-19 response – Lebanon bi-monthly situation report (16 October 2020)

Situation Report
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This report is prepared by OCHA, on behalf of and in collaboration with UN agencies and partners involved in COVID-19 response efforts in Lebanon. The report covers the period from 30 September to 13 October 2020.


• Between 30 September and 13 October, an additional 17,626 people were infected with the COVID-19, bringing the total number of reported cases since 21 February 2020 to 55,869, of whom 57 per cent are male. Overall, there have been 1,253 healthcare workers infected, mostly working in institutions dealing with the COVID-19 response. Further, a total 479 deaths were registered, 32 per cent of which are female. About 97 per cent of confirmed cases were recorded among residents. The average test positivity rate during the reporting period was at 10.8 per cent.

• Lebanon is in phase four of the outbreak, where wider community transmission is observed.

• During the reporting period, 576 additional Palestine refugees were confirmed as positive with COVID-19. A total of 1,572 Palestine refugees, 811 (52 per cent) of whom are living in camps, have been confirmed as positive with COVID-19, including 43 deaths, since 21 February. As of 13 October, among 1,572 positive cases, 321 people were in home-isolation, 28 in hospitals, and two in Sibline isolation centre. Since the beginning of the outbreak, 1,116 Syrian refugees and 15 refugees of other nationalities have tested positive for COVID-19, leading to 23 deaths, with an increase of 215 cases during the reporting period. So far, 25 cases have been detected in informal settlements, of whom five have recovered.

• On 2 October, the Government of Lebanon announced the complete lockdown of more than 110 villages due to the COVID-19 outbreak, starting on 4 October for a week, while the general curfew remained at 01.00-06.00. On 11 October, another decision was made to renew the complete lockdown of more than 160 villages and close pubs, bars and night clubs starting on 12 October. Wearing masks is obligatory for everyone upon any movements.

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