A Partial Lockdown of Two Weeks Will Start in Lebanon on Friday

A partial lockdown of two weeks will start in Lebanon on Friday to prevent the spread of the feared coronavirus. Among other things, a nightly curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. has been announced.

 

It does not affect the clean-up and repair work in Beirut, which was largely destroyed by a massive explosion in the port at the beginning of this month, the authorities said.

The government has decided to take more measures against the virus because of an increase in the number of infections and because the hospitals in the port are full of injured people.

The explosion of stored explosive material in the port of Beirut left approximately 200 people dead and 6,000 injured. Numerous people became homeless.

The lockdown has been criticized because at least half of the population is already poverty-stricken and has enough difficulty in making a living.

The Shia movement Hezbollah has called on not to go outside but to stay at home this Friday and Saturday on the important Ashura memorial day.

On this day, Shias usually take to the streets en masse. They commemorate that a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, Hussein ibn Ali, died as a martyr in 680 in the battle near Karbala (present-day Iraq) against the caliph.

The battle is regarded as a significant catalyst in the split of the Muslims from the supporters of Ali, the Shias, and the majority of the Sunnis. Shias are the largest population group in Lebanon.

Densely populated Lebanon has a population of 6.8 million and has been diagnosed with nearly 11,000 cases of the coronavirus. And 113 patients have succumbed to the virus.

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