Lebanon in Inefficient Battle Against COVID-19

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Lebanon in Inefficient Battle Against COVID-19

Lebanon's limited resources are not being used efficiently to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus, the crisis-addled country’s leading authority on the disease said Wednesday.

Despite a record high of 9,243 PCR tests being conducted Tuesday, the head of Rafik Hariri University Hospital Dr. Firass Abiad said that authorities are still not providing an accurate picture of the virus’ spread in Lebanon, due to the lack of a coordinated surveillance strategy.

“There is no declared national strategy. There is a combination of private testing and governmental testing, but I don’t think that there is any coordination,” Abiad told The Daily Star. “Testing is effective when it helps you prevent or contain. We are doing more tests, but at the same time the epidemic is spreading even more.”

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Source: The Daily Star