Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab said on Wednesday that Lebanon was at risk of losing control over the coronavirus outbreak after a rise in the number of cases following the\u00a0explosion in Beirut on August 4.\r\nCases doubled in the two weeks following the blast as infections spread in hospitals where victims were being treated, medics say.\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cThe number of cases is increasing greatly, and if this continues, we will lose control of this epidemic,\u201d Diab said in a statement issued by the Supreme Defense Council.\r\nLebanon registered 557 new COVID-19 infections and one death on Wednesday. It had registered a record 12 deaths the previous day.\r\nThe health minister for Lebanon\u2019s caretaker government, Hamad Hassan, who also spoke to the Council, said hospital capacity needed to be increased to help combat the rise in cases.\r\nThe\u00a0government imposed a partial lockdown\u00a0last Friday to help fight community spread. But\u00a0the shutdown, which includes a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., still allows for clearing rubble, making repairs and giving out aid in neighborhoods damaged by the explosion. The airport will remain open, with travelers having to take PCR tests before boarding and on arriving in the country.\r\nAmid concerns over the rise in cases, the\u00a0union representing hotels, bars, cafes and restaurants\u00a0said it would encourage defiance of the curfew by its members, leading to criticism by caretaker Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi, who said security forces would crack down. A popular food delivery app said it would restart deliveries until 11 p.m.\r\nOn Wednesday, caretaker President Michel Aoun said the government\u2019s coronavirus committee was discussing how to safely reopen businesses given their vital importance to the economy.