Lebanon extends virus lockdown
The rise has come despite a strict lockdown in place since January 11.
ICU bed occupancy has been rising, hitting 91% late Wednesday, according to the World Health Organization.
Registered daily infections have hovered around 5,000 since the holiday season, up from nearly 1,000 in November.
The death toll has surpassed 2,000 with daily deaths of between 40 and 60 in the past week.
Doctors say with increased testing, infections have also increased, recording a positivity rate of over 20% for every 100 tests.
Nurses and doctors are overwhelmed, with more than 2,300 health care workers infected since February.
Before the pandemic hit last year, Lebanon was experiencing a crippling economic and financial crisis that had sparked protests, banks closure and restrictions on capital movement amid a deep foreign currency crunch.
The crises, coupled with coronavirus restrictions, have sent nearly half of the population into poverty, increased unemployment and forced many businesses to shut or leave the country.