On Thursday, the Lebanese Council of Ministers decided to extend the “general mobilization” case for an additional two weeks, until April 26, as a precautionary measure against the Corona virus.
This was announced by Minister of Information Manal Abdel Samad, at a press conference, after the end of a cabinet session held in the presidential palace east of Beirut.
Since the middle of last March, the government has taken a series of measures to curb the spread of the Corona virus, as part of the “general mobilization” measures, and this included imposing a complete closure on commercial activities with the exception of ovens and food stores, and the closure of all sea, air and land ports, up to the imposition of It is completely curfew at night from seven in the evening until five in the morning.
Minister Manal added that the Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, stressed during the session the importance of committing more to the measures taken to combat the Corona epidemic, and considered that the measures taken helped reduce the number of people infected with the virus.
It quoted statements by Prime Minister Hassan Diab during the meeting, in which he said that “the government has succeeded to a great extent in surrounding the epidemic.”
“But we cannot say that we have fully contained the epidemic internally,” according to the Minister of Information.
He pointed out that “there is a fear that the epidemic will be a catalyst for a strong return and expansion, as is happening in many countries of the world whose measures have eased.”
He pointed out that “a request from the Minister of Finance to open a credit of one thousand and 800 billion Lebanese pounds ($ 1.2 billion) is allocated to combat Corona and its repercussions.”
Diab added that “the Lebanese army will take over the task of distributing financial aid to needy families completely.”
He pointed out that the financial aid “will be followed by food aid and the regulations will be corrected in cooperation with the municipalities.”
As of Thursday afternoon, Lebanon has officially registered 582 infections, including 19 deaths, while the virus has infected about one million and 540 thousand in the world, of whom more than 90 thousand died, while the number of people recovered exceeded 340 thousand.
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