Lebanon to go under strict lockdown after blast

Beirut, 21st August: Still reeling from the catastrophic blast, Lebanon is to close down for two weeks.

According to the reports from BBC News, Lebanon will impose a two-week lockdown to contain a surge in coronavirus infections following the devastating explosion in Beirut two weeks ago.

Markets, shopping centers, gyms, and pools will have to close from Friday and there will be an overnight curfew.

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Officials reported a record 456 new cases of COVID-19 and 2 deaths on Monday, and 421 cases on Tuesday.

Caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hassan has warned that hospitals are rapidly running out of space for new patients.

“The situation is unbearable,” he told a local radio station on Monday.

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An estimated 300,000 people were left homeless by the blast. Many are now living in damaged buildings, temporary sites, or shared shelters, with limited access to water and sanitation.

However, before the blast, there had been an upward trend in the daily numbers of new cases and the government had planned a partial lockdown to help manage hospitals’ loads.

Transmission rates have since increased and are expected to further increase in the coming weeks, as many people have been unable to follow precautionary measures, such as social distancing.

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