Hasan Says Lockdown Extension Up to Cabinet


Health Minister Hamad Hasan said extending the so-called general mobilization measures against the COVID-19 coronavirus is up to the Cabinet to decide, as he urged the Lebanese to abide by safety measures to prevent a second wave, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.

The Minister said Lebanon is “systematically moving back to normalcy. But it is up to the government to decide if it is necessary to extend general mobilization based on the health ministry’s reports.”

Hasan’s remarks came after a visit he paid to Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Naim Hassan.

Respecting the safety measures is necessary to prevent the outbreak of a second wave he emphasized.

On Monday, Hasan declared that one million face masks will be distributed for free as part of a cooperation between the ministries of health and interior.

He said the move will encourage people to take safety measures along with keeping safe distance.

Later on Tuesday, the Minister met separately with Sunni Mufti Abdul Latif Deryan in Dar el-Fatwa and Grand Jaafarite Shiite Mufti Sheikh Ahmed Qabalan congratulating them on the occasion of Eid el-Fitr.

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