Almost 170 Lebanese villages and towns will go into lockdown next week


As Lebanon grapples with record numbers of coronavirus cases, 170 Lebanese villages and towns will go into lockdown.

Authorities in the Middle Eastern country have also ordered bars and nightclubs nationwide closed until further notice.

An interior ministry statement said 169 villages and towns across the country would be locked down for one week from 6am (3am GMT) on Monday. About half of those localities had already been placed in lockdown under measures announced earlier this month, including the closure of all public and private institutions excluding bakeries and pharmacies.

Lebanon, a Mediterranean country reeling from its worst economic crisis in decades, has recorded 52,558 novel coronavirus cases, including 455 deaths.

Infections rose sharply in the aftermath of a catastrophic explosion at Beirut’s port on 4 August that killed more than 200 people, injured thousands, damaged several hospitals and overwhelmed the capital’s health services.

The Guardian


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