The Lebanese security forces issued over 1,767 penalty notices for going against lockdown regulation after just one day.
The imposed 25-day nationwide lockdown, which started on Thursday, was necessarily decided to limit the spread of the coronavirus that has hit skyrocketing records and overwhelmed the health care sector.
This lockdown is the third Lebanon experiences since the first case of coronavirus was reported in late February of 2020.
It has closed most businesses and forced an odd-and-even license plate rule on alternating days. It has also reduced the number of flights at the country’s only international airport, and designated a daily 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew until February 1st.
On Friday, a new record for daily coronavirus infection numbers was set in Lebanon, as 5,440 new cases were registered in addition to 17 more deaths. Health experts are warning that the worst is yet to come.
The total number of cases since the virus was first detected in the country has now reached 210,139 while the total number of deaths now stands at 1,570.
Despite all the awareness campaigns put forth towards advocating safety measures, some areas in Lebanon were seen breaching the regulations due to a tattering economic crisis sending many into poverty.
Lebanese authorities announced that violators of lockdown restrictions would face penalties of up to six months in prison or a fine from 100,000 LBP to 600,000 LBP.
Yet, that did not seem to scare people from putting their safety and others at risk.
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