Lebanon to put more than 100 districts in lockdown
The move came after widespread objections to a nationwide lockdown in August, as the country faces its worst economic crisis in decades.
From early Sunday and for eight days in the villages listed, residents were to "remain at home", and "wear a mask covering their mouth and nose if forced to go out", the ministry said in a statement.
State institutions and places of worship would close, but health centres and delivery services would be exempted, it added.
The head of a major Beirut public hospital battling Covid-19, Firass Abiad, welcomed the new district-by-district approach.
he said on Twitter.
Cases have spiked in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the Beirut port on August 4 that killed more than 190 people and overwhelmed the capital's health services, with thousands of wounded.
The country has recorded 40,868 Covid-19 cases since February, including 374 deaths.