Lebanon Set To Extend Nationwide Lockdown amid Coronavirus Outbreak
By Staff, Agencies
The Lebanese Cabinet is set to approve Thursday a two-week extension of the nationwide lockdown, an official source said Monday.
Meanwhile, the country’s authorities forged ahead with stringent measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Higher Defense Council is headed for proposing a two-week extension of the general mobilization period, which expires on April 12, until April 26. The Cabinet will meet Thursday after the Defense Council’s meeting to approve the two-week extension recommendation,” The Daily Star reported citing an official source.
It will be the second extension of the state of “general mobilization,” which was initially declared by the Cabinet on March 15, in the latest bid to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far infected 541 people and killed 19 since the first virus case was reported in the country on Feb. 21.
On March 26, the Cabinet, declaring that Lebanon is in “extreme danger” due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, endorsed a two-week extension of the nationwide lockdown until April 12, while also ordering the general closure of institutions and supermarkets from 19:00 until 05:00 with a few exceptions.
A curfew was also implemented, banning citizens from being outdoors during these times.
As the virus continues to claim victims all over the world, and as Lebanon has begun repatriating thousands of Lebanese expatriates stranded abroad due to the virus, the government has ramped up preventive measures to protect citizens, while senior officials have warned against continued violations of the lockdown measures.