Lebanon will launch a lockdown on Friday that will last at least two weeks to halt the spread of the coronavirus in the country amid the crisis sparked by the August 4 explosions in the port of Beirut.
The incumbent Health Minister Hamad Hasan has announced from the Al Maunat Hospital in Jbeil that the detention will begin on Friday and last for two weeks, although the airport will be excluded, according to the official NNA news agency.
The Hasan’s department reported this Tuesday that there have been 421 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 9,758 infected people in the past 24 hours, including more than a hundred deaths.
Lebanon had managed to control the coronavirus pandemic, but the explosions in Beirut, which resulted in nearly 200 deaths and thousands of victims, including around 300,000 people left homeless, made the virus easier to spread and the system saturated sanitary.
The explosions in Beirut, which would have resulted from 2,750 tons of improperly stored ammonium nitrate, struck Lebanon during the worst economic crisis since its civil war (1975-1990) and it is now feared that this will lead to a humanitarian crisis.