As Beirut continues to recover from the port blast that killed at least 178 people and injured thousands, hospitals and clean up efforts are now facing another hurdle: rising coronavirus cases.Lebanon saw a record jump in new cases on Monday with 456 confirmed infections, according to Johns Hopkins University. It outpaces the previous day’s spike of 439 new cases, bringing the total confirmed infections in the country to 9,337.The country’s interim Health Minister Hamad Hassan said that a two-week nationwide shutdown is necessary to curb the spread of the virus.”We are on the brink, we don’t have the luxury to take our time,” Hassan told a press conference on Monday, according to the Khaleej Times newspaper.The Aug. 4 explosion of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in the port for more than six years has largely destroyed and overwhelmed the city’s health services.Three of Beirut’s hospitals were left “non-functional” according to the World Health Organization, while two others were partially damaged. Half of its 55 medical centers were also destroyed.Nurses from the Saint George hospital clean one of the damaged rooms in Beirut’s neighbourhood of Ashrafieh more than a week after a massive blast in the nearby port ravaged parts


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