The Lebanese government just imposed a new lockdown that is set to last from January 7th until February 1st, in an effort to stop the increasing spread of the coronavirus as the holiday season comes to a close.
The committee, chaired by caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab, held a morning meeting to discuss the details of the lockdown and its length but deferred the final decision until just now.
New curfew hours are between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m, with the odd-even rule for vehicle movement to be implemented as of Wednesday. There will also be a total curfew on Sunday.
However, official sources said the committee would call for a three-week lockdown with strict conditions, including a lengthy curfew and very few exceptions.
Diab had previously warned that ICU units at hospitals were at full capacity, adding that, “we have a very difficult situation. We need exceptional and firm measures.”
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