DUBAI: Lebanon goes into a three-day complete lockdown over the Orthodox Easter celebrations to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission during the weekend, authorities have announced.
The country’s ministerial committee for the follow up on coronavirus measures issued the decision for a new lockdown to be imposed from May 1 until May 3, with a round-the-clock curfew and only vital sectors allowed to work, the Daily Star reported.
The last time a full lockdown was imposed in the country was in the beginning of April during the Western Easter holiday. A third lockdown is also expected during Eid Al-Fitr at the end of the holy month of Ramadan currently being observed by Muslims.
Health officials confirmed 1,478 new coronavirus infection cases overnight, raising the country’s caseload to 524,241.
The coronavirus committee also decided to ban travelers coming from India and Brazil from entry into Lebanon, as well as through the country’s land and sea crossings “unless they had been in a third country for a period of at least 14 days.”