On Tuesday, May 5th, 2020, the Lebanese Cabinet decided to extend the general mobilization period for another two weeks.
Although Lebanon has no recorded new coronavirus cases for two days in a row, the lockdown will be extended until May 24th.
In the Cabinet session, PM Hassan Diab warned of the second wave of coronavirus, stating that it will be worse than the first. He said security forces must keep taking strict measures to avoid the spread of the virus.
Similarly, Health Minister Hamad Hassan tweeted, “Despite the many catastrophic scenarios about the [coronavirus] epidemic in its beginning, there is a lot of talk about the second wave and the darkness of the scene.”
“Therefore, I confirm that, with consciousness and cooperation, we have won the first bet and we will pass the next challenge by committing o gradually loosening the lockdown measures, God willingly.”
That being said, people who violate lockdown measures enforced by the government will be punished accordingly with tickets or get arrested.
Despite the virus, many people have been out in the streets across Lebanon protesting the difficult situation imposed by both the coronavirus and the failing economic system.
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