Lebanese Cabinet Orders A 4-Day Lockdown After A Surge of New Cases

Nabil Ismail

After a spike of new coronavirus cases, the Lebanese government has announced a mandatory total shutdown that will last for four days, starting Thursday, May 14th.

Lebanon previously announced its decision to extend general mobilization until May 24th.

During the Cabinet session, PM Hassan Diab warned of the second wave of coronavirus, stating that it will be worse than the first.

However, Lebanon had also allowed for the slow reopening of the country. But with the surge of new coronavirus cases from abroad, Lebanon will remain closed.

As of now, Lebanon has recorded 878 total cases and 26 total deaths. PM Diab has attributed the spike in cases to the “irresponsibility of some citizens” who failed to abide by the lockdown rules.

People are seen gathering at the corniche in Beirut, swimming or walking around, and disregarding social distancing, as if no coronavirus threat looms around, despite the warnings.

Get the latest news and updates about the coronavirus outbreak in Lebanon along with a live monitor of cases in Lebanon as well as resources and information to help you guide the outbreak on our dedicated coronavirus page.

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