COVID-19 Emergency in Lebanon | Latest news from the Country

LEBANON

INTERSOS INTERVENTION

 

In August, all projects continued their mixed modality of remote/in-person activity implementation. Case management, Emergency cash assistance, legal assistance, community awareness and outreach components are implemented remotely, and face-to-face for high-risk and urgent cases only. Protection monitoring is implemented also through a mixed approach and incorporates questions around the impact of COVID-19 (e.g. monitoring of food access by refugees in Informal Tented Sites). COVID-19 risk management and communication has been incorporated in all ongoing activities. Specific COVID-19 oriented activities aiming at facilitating the response to a potential outbreak of COVID-19 in the overcrowded areas have been implemented for the staff. Furthermore, in Mount Lebanon, the shelter rehabilitation of a Covid isolation center is being implemented. The emergency hygiene kits distribution in response to the Beirut blast includes personal protective equipment and is implemented on a door-to-door modality to prevent gatherings. 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

3.629

hygiene kits distributed

271.526

people reached by communication and prevention of COVID-19 risk in the community

 

CONTEXT

 

The country registers 450-550 new cases per day on average. Since the onset of the pandemic, 653 health workers have been reported as infected. A big impact on healthcare provision capacities and overall transmission risk came as a result of the Beirut port blast on August 4, which damaged a number of hospitals and clinics in the capital. New lockdown measures were put in place following the Beirut blast, with a 2 weeks lockdown (closure of private businesses, restaurants, etc. with curfew time between 6pm and 6am), after an overall “more relaxed” July month, except for the standard preventive measures and some partial lockdowns in proximity of public holidays. The movement restriction measures (car to circulate alternatively according to plate numbers) which were a main obstacle have been removed and not impacted during the last months. In July and August, INTERSOS staff had to apply a mixed work modality, due to the national lockdown that was announced and implemented for 10 days and also previous partial lockdowns.

 

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