Lebanon: Beirut streets quiet during Eid as lockdown imposed to avoid COVID surge

The streets of Beirut were quiet on Friday following the imposition of a lockdown imposed to avoid a surge in cases of COVID-19. The capital was seen deserted with no sign of festivities or bazaars as would usually be the case during Eid. The measures come amid a deteriorating Lebanese economy. Tarek Sardouk, a local resident, said he opposed the latest lockdown saying it was not economically sustainable. «We closed the country for a long time, and nothing changed. On the contrary, the economy collapsed further. So, in my opinion, every person should bear responsibility, if he feels the symptoms and quarantines himself, if he is an expatriate or resident, and there should be no lockdown of the country because the country cannot bear any more,» he said. The Lebanese government introduced on Thursday a lockdown until Monday night in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus in the country.
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