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Beirut in the time of coronavirus outbreak

Beirut has turned into a ghost city as shops and restaurants that remained open during the civil war closed their doors in implementation of a general mobilization decision issued by the government to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

BEIRUT — On March 26, the Lebanese cabinet approved the extension of the general mobilization until April 12 as yet another effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus. To limit the spread of the coronavirus in Lebanon, the Lebanese Armed Forces' helicopters hovered March 22 over several areas in Lebanon and called over loudspeakers on all citizens to stay home and only go out in case of emergency.

On the same day, the Lebanese army and Internal Security Forces were deployed in various Lebanese regions in implementation of the government’s decision to ensure citizens’ compliance with the lockdown declared a week earlier.

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