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  • A Muslim devotee gets his temperature measured during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, at Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, Beirut, Lebanon, May 8, 2020.

    A Muslim devotee gets his temperature measured during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, at Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, Beirut, Lebanon, May 8, 2020. | Photo: EFE

Published 13 May 2020
Opinion

The country recorded 11 new infections according to figures released on Tuesday, bringing the number of people infected to 870 with 26 deaths.

Lebanon will begin an almost total shutdown on Wednesday afternoon in the face of growing contagion from COVID-19, which raises fears of a second wave of the pathogen.

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The country recorded 11 new infections according to figures released on Tuesday, bringing the number of people infected to 870 with 26 deaths.

Meanwhile, the number of people on the streets wearing transparent masks to prevent infection is growing.

The country's authorities announced that the closure will begin at 19h00 on Wednesday (16:00 GMT) and will end at 5h00 (2:00 GMT) on Monday 18.


According to the Minister of Information, Manal Abdul Samad, on Sunday the 17th it will be evaluated whether the restriction will be lifted on Monday.

"Everyone needs to stay home and no one goes out unless strictly necessary," he said.

Last April, Lebanon had managed to reduce the contagion to single-digit figures and began to reopen its economy with a five-phase plan.

But since last week, infections have been on the rise again and led to Tuesday's decision, local media reported.

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