COVID-19: Lebanon’s health service close to collapse as case numbers surge

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  • Sky News published this video item, entitled “COVID-19: Lebanon’s health service close to collapse as case numbers surge” – below is their description.

    Lebanon has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases after rules were relaxed, putting the country’s health services under immense pressure.

    The head of Lebanon’s main coronavirus hospital has warned that the healthcare system is close to collapse – with not enough beds, drugs, oxygen, ventilators or staff available.

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