October 22, 2020

Lebanon imposes night curfew, close bars as COVID-19 patients exceed 53,000

The number of COVID-19 patients in Lebanon passed 53,000 with an average of 1,500 cases a day. 

The number of towns to be isolated increased to 169 towns, while the Ministry of Interior closed all bars, cabarets and nightclubs until further notice. Night curfews will be imposed from midnight until 6 a.m. throughout Lebanon. 

The Ministry of Interior said that the measures were to address “the ongoing pandemic reality and the increasing number of infected people in a way that exceeds the scientifically permissible rates in regions and towns, to enable the Ministry of Health teams to conduct the necessary laboratory examinations and tracking.” 

The Ministry of Interior stressed the necessity for using face masks, avoiding overcrowding, maintaining safe social distance, closing all official and private departments and institutions, and canceling all social events in isolated areas. 

MP Cesar Maalouf warned that Lebanon “has entered the stage of medical disaster in terms of hospital capacity, securing medicines and the high rate of infections, and we do not want to follow the Italian scenario. All private hospitals must open their doors to those infected with the coronavirus because government hospitals are on the verge of collapse.”

Before reaching a terrible storm of infections if not controlled before winter, the spread of the virus must be slowed down through isolation, testing and quarantining contacts.

Especially if the number of infected people per day reaches 2,000 or 3,000, then we must be concerned more than ever. What worries us most is the spread of the virus in cities with high population density, especially in Beirut. 

It can be said now that there is a societal spread of the disease, and people can only be protected by wearing face masks and by preventing gatherings, especially in closed places.

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