Lebanon is set to extend its lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus by two weeks until May 24 with the prime minister warning on Tuesday that a failure to comply with a gradual easing of restrictions risked a second wave of infections.
A barber wearing a protective mask shaves a customer's head at his shop, during a countrywide lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sidon, Lebanon April 23, 2020. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho
This “could reflect negatively on the spread of the virus and there is a fear of a second wave which could be much harder than the first,” he said, recommending the two-week extension, according to a statement issued after the meeting.
The government is expected to formally extend the lockdown at a cabinet meeting later on Tuesday.
Economic activities would still be allowed to resume gradually under a previously defined time frame.
The security forces and army would be asked to act strictly to prevent violations.