COVID-19 Restrictions Reimposed

COVID-19 restrictions have been reimposed in Lebanon for a period of two weeks starting 27 July 2020. Places of worship, cinemas, bars, nightclubs, sports events and popular markets have been shut, after a sharp rise in infections. Shops, private companies, banks and educational institutions will be permitted to open, but only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with a near total lockdown in place Thursday through Monday until 10 August 2020. The lock down coincides with the Eid Al Adha holiday when there are normally large gatherings. At least 132 new infections and eight deaths had been confirmed in the last 24 hours, Officials have stated they had had to go back a step back and work as though the pandemic has begun. Beirut’s airport, land border crossings with Syria and sea ports will be kept open, as will medical institutions, industrial and agricultural firms and critical government functions. Those arriving from high risk countries will be held in quarantine for 48 hours until they receive the results of a coronavirus test. Those arriving from other areas will be expected to quarantine at home. Histoire complète

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