Diab Announces 'Partial Reopening' of Country from Monday

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Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Sunday announced that the government has decided to “partially reopen” the country as of Monday, while urging citizens to abide by safety and social distancing rules in the wake of the latest uptick in coronavirus infections.

“We will reopen the country anew tomorrow according to the transitional plan and this will require bigger commitment from us while areas and neighborhoods that record more infections will be quarantined,” Diab said in an address to the nation.

Warning that some are “gambling with their lives and with people's lives,” the premier urged “stricter measures” as to the repatriated Lebanese expats.

Explaining the reopening decision, Diab said: “We are going through a dangerous and delicate period and we understand that the country's continued closure will lead to repercussions which we are trying to alleviate.”

“Commitment will certainly result in triumph over the virus and the country's reopening plan will continue into the next phase, or else we will suffer irreversible regret,” the prime minister added.

Timeline
  • 17 May 2020, 17:20

    Diab: We are going through a dangerous and delicate period and we understand that the country's continued closure will lead to repercussions which we are trying to alleviate.

  • 17 May 2020, 17:18

    Diab: The interior minister will announce the details of the reopening plan.

  • 17 May 2020, 17:13

    Diab: We'll reopen the country tomorrow and this will require bigger commitment from us while areas and neighborhoods that record more infections will be quarantined.

  • 17 May 2020, 17:13

    Diab: We know that the continued closure of the country leads to dangerous social problems.

  • 17 May 2020, 17:12

    Diab: I urge stricter measures as to the repatriated expats.

  • 17 May 2020, 17:10

    Diab on coronavirus crisis: Some are gambling with their lives and with people's lives.

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Comments 3
Thumb barrymore 17 May 2020, 18:14

وقال، “انا على ثقة أننا سنتمكن من الانتصار على هذا الفيروس والعالم يثق بنا وبقدراتنا ويستشهد بتجربتنا”.

haha! A self-centered failed professor who started to believe in his own delusions:)

Thumb Puppet 17 May 2020, 19:03

Mr. and Mrs. Diab have earned my utmost respect and captured my wildest imagination for calling upon Lebanese women to work as maids in homes and on Lebanese men as servers in gas stations.

Thumb s.o.s 17 May 2020, 19:44

Le Diab se cache dans les détails!