BEIRUT, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's total number of COVID-19 cases on Thursday surged by 1,027 to 32,805, in the highest daily rise in infections since the pandemic outbreak in February.
The death toll from the novel coronavirus went up by one to 329, the Lebanese Health Ministry reported.
The continued daily increase in COVID-19 infections has prompted the Education Ministry to postpone the opening of public and private schools until Oct. 12, in an attempt to curb the virus' spread.
Caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hassan previously called for imposing a new lockdown to contain the pandemic, but it was rejected by the Lebanese businesses, which have already suffered heavy losses due to the anti-coronavirus restrictions, the explosions that rocked Beirut on Aug. 4, and nationwide protests which started in last October.
Lebanon has been fighting the COVID-19 since Feb. 21.
The country has received several donations from different countries for the fight against COVID-19 including China which offered on Sept. 9 around 10,000 N95 masks, 100,000 medical masks, 100,000 gloves and 6,000 PCR rapid tests.
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