| 23 April 2024, Tuesday |

Adhering to preventive measures is critical for New Year’s celebrations

COVID-19 infections hit a record high over the past seven-day period. In order to avoid the black scenario, the country has witnessed after the festive period last year, and in an attempt to contain its spread during New Year’s Day, the Ministerial Committee in charge of following up on preventive measures for the Covid-19 issued some recommendations and restrictions that included financial penalties against violators.

The measures also included curfew from 7 pm to 6 am, except for the vaccinated people who have been administrated at least one dose. Will people respond to these measures?

Touristic institutions, restaurants and hotels have a large share of these recommendations, the most important of which is not to receive visitors who do not have at least one vaccine dose or a negative “PCR” test that does not exceed 48 hours, provided that the capacity does not exceed 50 percent of the place or hall designated for celebrations. But will these procedures really be applied and how will they be controlled?

Today, there is a dire need to implement these recommendations strictly and seriously, because carelessness will have catastrophic repercussions, especially since Lebanon is gradually losing the elements of resilience, and its medical and hospital sector is collapsing dramatically without any accountability or oversight.

  • Sawt Beirut International