Coronavirus: Lebanon extends lockdown by two weeks

Sanitary workers disinfect the desks and chairs of the Lebanese Parliament in central Beirut on March 10, 2020 amid the spread of coronavirus in the country. (AFP)

Lebanon is extending a lockdown by two weeks until April 12 to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad said on Thursday.

Under the lockdown, declared under a state of medical emergency on March 15, people can only leave their homes to buy food and medicine and all non-essential businesses have been closed, along with Beirut airport.

Overnight compliance with the lockdown will be enforced more strictly, Abdel Samad said after a cabinet meeting.

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Powerful paramilitary group Hezbollah said on Wednesday it was mobilizing 25,000 people including medics and readying hospitals to bolster the state’s response to the virus.

Lebanon said on Thursday it had recorded 368 cases of coronavirus and six deaths.

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Last Update: Thursday, 26 March 2020 KSA 21:21 - GMT 18:21
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