Lebanon to extend lockdown as coronavirus spreads

The Higher Defense Council held a session chaired by President Michel Aoun Thursday, arguing for an extension of the "general mobilization" which was put in place on March 15.
by Georgi Azar

26 March 2020 | 12:56

Source: by Annahar

  • by Georgi Azar
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 26 March 2020 | 12:56

President Michel Aoun heads a Higher Defense Council meeting on coronavirus measures at the Baabda Palace, March 26, 2020. (NNA)

BEIRUT: Lebanon is expected to extend its lockdown, which expires on March 29, for another two weeks in line with the recommendation of the Higher Defense Council. 

The Higher Defense Council held a session chaired by President Michel Aoun Thursday, arguing for an extension of the "general mobilization" which was put in place on March 15. 

The lockdown will now run until April 12, with Lebanon's security apparatus tasked with its implementation. 

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Hassan Diab, a number of ministers, Army chief Gen. Joseph Aoun and other heads of security and military apparatuses.

The Minister of Public Health "presented the latest developments while stressing the importance of preventing gathering to control the spread of the virus," a statement released by the presidency said.  

As of Wednesday, Lebanon has recorded 333 cases of the novel coronavirus and six deaths. Almost all public and private institutions have been shut down, grinding Lebanon's already struggling economy to a halt. 

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