On Thursday, May 21st, the Ministry of Public Health recorded 63 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, 27 of which were arrivals from abroad. With that, the total of infection cases in Lebanon has exceeded 1,000 this week.
The Health Ministry announced the new total of cases on Thursday to be 1,024. It also revealed that 412 new recoveries were recorded across Lebanon between Wednesday and Thursday.
In the two days that followed, May 22nd and May 23rd, the ministry’s report announced 62 and 11 new cases, respectively.
As of the time of writing, Lebanon has a total of 1,091 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Considering that there have been 26 COVID-19 fatalities in Lebanon since the beginning of the pandemic and that the recoveries have soared to 663 this week, the total active infection cases are currently 402 in the country.
Of these active cases, 4 patients are considered in critical condition.
While those relatively high numbers may seem concerning, the Health Ministry assures that they “do not yet impose a real danger because they are all caused by contact with known cases.”
With that said, Health Minister Hamad Hasan has insisted that face masks will be a “red line” that everyone must respect during the lockdown.
He also asserted that self-quarantine will not be an optional measure and will be enforced by security forces, using fines and other legal regulations.
In addition to extending the lockdown, the Lebanese government has officially isolated two Lebanese villages due to the high infection cases that have been consistently recorded in them.
The general mobilization in Lebanon will resume Monday, May 25th.
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