China News Service, August 19, according to foreign media reports, due to the rise in the number of new crown infections, the Lebanese authorities have decided to strengthen epidemic prevention and control measures. On the 18th local time, the Lebanese Ministry of Interior ordered that within two weeks from August 21st to September 7th local time, shopping malls across the country will be closed and a curfew will be imposed.
The Lebanese Ministry of Interior stated that all markets, shopping malls, gyms, swimming pools and other private enterprises will be closed for two weeks. A curfew will be implemented from 6 pm to 6 am every day; the airport will remain open, and passengers must undergo nucleic acid testing (PCR testing) before boarding.
On August 16, 2020, local time, in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, an excavator carried out demolition work at the explosion site in Beirut Port. A violent explosion occurred in the port area of Beirut on the evening of August 4, causing thousands of casualties.
Staff in the medical and food departments, as well as military and diplomats, will not be affected. Relevant personnel can clean up, repair and issue assistance to residential areas destroyed in the Beirut explosion.
The Lebanese Ministry of Health stated that there were 421 new confirmed cases of new crowns in the country on the 18th, with a total of 9758 cases and 107 deaths.
In addition, a violent explosion recently occurred at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, posing a huge challenge to the local medical system. The explosion caused thousands of deaths and injuries, and damaged many hospitals. About half of the local 55 medical centers ceased services.
Lebanese officials urged preventive measures, but medical staff said that after the explosion caused hundreds of thousands of people to be displaced, the risk of the spread of the new coronavirus has increased.