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Lebanon declares state of emergency due to coronavirus

Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 16, 2020
Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab declared a state of emergency today due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Hassan Diab
Lebanon   Prime Minister Hassan Diab
Diab announced the move following a meeting chaired by President Michel Aoun to discuss measures against the virus.

Topics: Lebanon emergency coronavirus

Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad said all entries and exits to the country including borders, airports and ports will be closed between March 18-29.

He said the decision will not affect UN staff, diplomatic missions and cargo services.

The Health Ministry said the number of confirmed cases in the country is 99 and three people have died from the virus.