Wed, 12 Aug 2020

BEIRUT, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese authorities threatened on Sunday to take tough measures to control the spread of COVID-19 in the country if citizens fail to commit to proper precautions.

Interior Minister Mohammad Fahmi tweeted about his ministry's plan to re-inforce general mobilization measures if people do not respect social distancing rules and put masks on their faces to protect themselves and their families.

The United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) also urged Palestinian refugees to commit to proper instructions to protect camps from COVID-19, according to the National News Agency (NNA).

Lebanon witnessed on Sunday the highest daily increase in infections since the outbreak of COVID-19 by registering 166 new cases and the total reached 2,344 while death toll remained at 36.

Lebanon has been fighting against COVID-19 since Feb. 21.

The country has received several donations from different countries for the fight against COVID-19 including China which offered last month 17,500 masks, 1,500 protective gears, 1,320 goggles and 1,000 shoes covers to Lebanese public hospitals.

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