Covid-19 hit Lebanese in desperate hunt for hospital beds

When Rachelle Halabi rushed her 85-year-old father to a Beirut hospital a few days ago with Covid-19, the doctor sent them home as intensive care was full. “The ER doctor told us to go back, get him an oxygen machine and give him his treatment from home,” she told AFP from the Lebanese capital. “We went with it for several days, but his condition did not improve.” Halabi herself tested positive for Covid-19, one of the thousands of new cases reported in Lebanon following a holiday season where loosened restrictions let infections soar. With 192,000 reported cases and almost 1,500 deaths, Leban…

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