World Coronavirus: Lebanon is gradually deconfining, despite the slight drop in

18:50  01 december  2020
18:50  01 december  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Terrasse d'un restaurant à Beyrouth, le 30 novembre. Le pays se déconfine progressivement. cases © REUTERS - MOHAMED AZAKIR Terrace of a restaurant in Beirut, November 30. The country is gradually deconfining.

Lebanon has been gradually deconfining since Monday after two weeks of total closure of restaurants, bars and public places. The country has already been hit very hard by the economic crisis, the devaluation of its currency and the explosion of August 4, which devastated the capital Beirut, killing 200 people and killing thousands.

From our correspondent in Beirut, Noé Pignède

The traders caught by the throat demanded the reopening of their shops. The government gave in.

At the Torino counter, in the tourist district of Gemmayzé, Fiona drinks a beer with her friends, happy that the confinement is over. "You know, I think with the coronavrius what hurt me the most was the loneliness. Not seeing your friends, it turns your brain! So it feels good to be home, and this bar is like my home, ”she said.


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Those with historically higher levels of PM2.5 pollution witnessed the most substantial drops in pollution. In February, South Korea had one of the largest coronavirus outbreaks outside mainland China but aggressive testing and contact tracing methods have brought cases there under control.

Despite this, further restrictions have been put in place. One month after the first registered death in the country from coronavirus , Italy tightened restrictions again. With a new decree effective immediately, the government Sunday announced a ban on all internal travel except for work purposes.

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Louaï, the owner of the bar, is extremely relieved, because between the economic crisis, the repeated cover fires and the explosion of the 4 August, its coffers are empty. “We opened, closed, opened, closed, opened, closed. Then everything was ravaged by the explosion, we renovated everything. Then we had this new confinement. It's hard, we work almost for free. Thank goodness the rent and the bills are paid. We're in a better situation than a lot of people, but we have to earn income if we want to survive. "

" We must continue to work "

Like all traders in the neighborhood, he criticizes the measures taken by the government. “They are trying to put policies in place to fight the coronavirus, and I don't know if they are really effective. Of course, we don't want people to get sick, and we don't want to get sick either. But we must continue to work. This bar remained open throughout the 2006 war, it’s not the Corona that will bring us down, ”he continues.

After two weeks of confinement, the number of contaminations in Lebanon has not yet decreased.

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