August 10 coronavirus news

By Julia Hollingsworth, Adam Renton, Meg Wagner and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, August 11, 2020
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10:56 p.m. ET, August 9, 2020

Lebanon records nearly 300 new coronavirus cases as hospitals near capacity from dual crisis 

From CNN's Ghazi Balkiz in Beirut

Lebanon recorded 294 new coronavirus cases and two deaths on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Public Health website. 

The country has now reported a total of 6,517 cases, including 76 deaths, as it continues to recover from a deadly blast that killed at least 158 people and wounded thousands more last week.

Some context: On Friday, Dr. Friass Abiad, the head of Beirut's Rafik Hariri University Hospital -- the main hospital battling Covid-19 -- told CNN that hospitals are at capacity. 

Abiad commended the country's health sector for how it handled the dual crisis of Covid-19 and the casualties and fallout of Tuesday's deadly explosion that rocked the capital.  

"The ability of the health sector to rise to the occasion during the explosion, and to absorb thousands of casualties, was impressive. But now, hospitals are full, their supplies are almost empty, and the capacity for their staff is depleted. Can they do more?” Abiad tweeted Saturday.