Eight new COVID-19 cases in Lebanon

Wednesday evening is when the country is set to go into a four-day lockdown after the past few days have seen a resurgence of the novel virus.
by Annahar Staff

13 May 2020 | 15:03

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  • Last update: 13 May 2020 | 15:03

Palestinian refugees in at Galilee in refugee camp in Baalbeck amidst COVID-19 fears. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: By 7 pm Wednesday, the country is set to step into a four-day complete lockdown, a decision that comes as a reaction to the rise in COVID-19 cases during the past few days.

According to the Minister of Interior, the four-day lockdown will begin Wednesday at 7 pm and extends till Monday, May 18, at 5 am. During this period, banks, public spaces, schools, universities, and all private sectors will be entirely closed.

Individuals who are part of the exception are allowed to move between 5 am and 6 pm and the odd/even car plate system remains effective except for Sundays, where no cars will be allowed.

Excluded from the mobility restrictions are medical staff, journalists, security forces, healthcare workers, water and electricity suppliers, and diplomats.

Also on Wednesday, the Ministry of Public Health announced that eight new coronavirus cases were recorded, increasing the total cases to 878.

Beirut and El Metn are the two districts with the most number of cases, while the number of death cases recorded remained stable at 26. Among the registered cases, 63.03 % were considered as mild, 29.34% as asymptomatic, and 7.63% as critical.

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