DIAB to the Lebanese: I Call on you to Impose a Self-Curfew as we are in Great Danger, our Victory can Solely be Through “State, Society & Citizen” Integration
21 Mar 2020
Lebanon – Addressing the Lebanese citizens this evening, in wake of the rapid pace in which the novel Corona COVID-19 virus is spreading, Prime Minister Hassan Diab urged all citizens to impose a “self-curfew” due to the great risk the country is facing as it enters the outbreak phase of the disease.
“The increase of infected cases recorded in the last two days, namely since yesterday, is accompanied by imminent danger threatening our society as a result of this increase, which will usher us into the epidemic phase, as the Ministry of Public Health recorded 67 new cases, thus raising the number of cases to 230, or an increase of 29% at once,” the Prime Minister said.
He indicated that citizens’ lack of compliance with the adopted measures, and their lack of acknowledgment of the risks at hand, has led the government “to confirm the adoption of stricter measures to the Command of the Army, the General Directorate of Internal Security, the General Directorate of General Security, the General Directorate of State Security, and all municipalities and unions of municipalities.”
“Additional measures will be taken in all regions in the scope of citizens’ obligation to remain home, to refrain from leaving their homes except for matters of extreme necessity, as well as banning all kinds of gatherings in public and private spaces alike, and prosecuting any offenders before judiciary authorities,” Diab underscored.
“Today, I am calling upon you to implement an individual restriction to circulation, as the government is unable to face the sprawl of this epidemic alone. This responsibility is an individual, collective, and official responsibility all at once,” Diab reiterated to citizens.