Lebanon to ease COVID-19 lockdown measures

By Eblt

BEIRUT, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hassan announced on Sunday that lockdown measures will be lifted gradually starting Monday to allow businesses to compensate for their losses ahead of the festive season of Christmas and New Year, the National News Agency reported.

Meanwhile, Hassan urged the Lebanese to behave responsibly while continuing to take proper precautionary measures to prevent further increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.

The minister added that lockdown measures imposed in the past few days were only successful at a rate of 50 percent.

Businesses will start operating again on Monday while the curfew will continue from 11 p.m. until 5 p.m. and pubs and nightclubs will remain closed. Restaurants will only receive clients at 50 percent of their capacity.

Lebanon's number of deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday reached 1,004 while the number of infections went up by 1,266 to 126,944.

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