Lebanon began a two-week partial closure on Friday after seeing a dramatic increase in coronavirus cases following the major explosion in Beirut two weeks ago, from 5,417 before the detonation to a total of more than 11,000 this Friday number.
This number results from the confirmation of 628 new cases, bringing the total number of cases registered since the end of February to 11,580. The pandemic has killed 116 people in a country that managed to contain the spread of the virus in its first few months.
According to the Lebanese news portal Naharnet, many shops in the capital are closed this morning, although some sectors have been allowed to open, including banks, grocery stores, bookstores and pharmacies.
Restaurants, nightclubs, beaches, and clothing stores are among the stores the Home Office has closed.