Lebanon imposes lockdown for 25 days amid surge in coronavirus cases

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Lebanon’s coronavirus (COVID-19) ministerial committee approved on Monday a 25-day lockdown set to start from Jan. 7 until Feb. 1 in an attempt to curb the COVID-19 infections, which has increased to an unprecedented level over the past few days, MTV Lebanon, a local TV channel, reported.

“The situation in the country has reached a very dangerous level amid the inability of hospitals to secure more beds for coronavirus patients which necessitates the implementation of a new lockdown,” Lebanese Caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hassan said in a press conference following the ministerial committee’s meeting.

All trade shops and restaurants will shut their doors down except for supermarkets and pharmacies, which will open until 5 p.m. local time in the afternoon.

The committee also approved a curfew to start from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. except doctors, nurses and journalists.

Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections increased on Monday by 2,861 to 192,139, while death toll went up by 13 to 1,512.

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