Lebanon extends lockdown amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Lebanon’s COVID-19 ministerial committee approved on Thursday the extension of the total lockdown in the country until Feb. 8 in hope to curb the number of coronavirus cases, the National News Agency reported.

“The inability of hospitals to receive more COVID-19 patients and the increase in the number of deaths from the virus necessitates the extension of the total lockdown and the follow up on strict measures in different areas of the country,” Lebanese President Michel Aoun said during the meeting with the committee.

Meanwhile, Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab urged the health minister to draft a strategy for vaccination and the measures that must be adopted after lockdown to prevent an increase in infections.

Lebanon registered on Thursday the highest daily surge in deaths from COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country by 67 to 2,151.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 infections increased by 4,594 to 269,241.