On Thursday, May 21st, the Cabinet extended the lockdown for the fifth time. On the same day, the decision was made to isolate two villages to avoid further spread of the coronavirus, and contain the outbreak.
The governor of Bekaa, Kamal Abou Jaoudeh, has decided to isolate Majdal Anjar after recording a total of 32 coronavirus cases in it.
“Based on the directions of the Interior Minister and after consulting with the sub- Security Council and the Municipality of Majdal Anjar, the town will be isolated due to the high number of coronavirus cases,” he told MTV News.
Similarly, and according to NNA, the governor of Mount Lebanon, Muhammad al-Makkawi, took the decision to isolate the Chouf village of Mazboud after recording a surge of new cases on Thursday night, now reaching 15 in total.
Prime Minister Hassan Diab had warned that if coronavirus keeps spreading due to the failure of people to adhere to precautionary measures, the only choice would be to isolate some areas.
Earlier in the fight against the pandemic, soldiers isolated Bcharre for the same reason.
The nationwide lockdown has been extended for another two weeks until June 7th, halting previous decisions to reopen the country.
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