Those who violate quarantine rules will be fined, Health Minister Hamad Hasan announced Monday, as Lebanon had recorded consecutive record highs in daily COVID-19 cases.
“The fines will range from LL600,000 to LL5 million,” Hasan said, since those who are violating quarantine rules are causing the spread of the virus.
People who arrive to Lebanon are required to self-isolate until they receive their PCR results, and those who test positive are also naturally required to stay home until they recover, but many have been ignoring this rule, causing clusters of infections to emerge.
Fines of LL50,000 for not wearing masks in public are still in force, Hasan said.
The health minister called on people to avoid contact with others as much as possible and for everyone to responsibly abide by coronavirus prevention measures.
“The closure of the airport is not on the table,” Hasan said, and neither is lockdown.
Lebanon has been witnessing a new wave of COVID-19, recording three successive all-time highs of daily coronavirus cases this past weekend, with 166 cases detected Sunday.
Jessika Rizk El Maalouf
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