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Lebanon’s lockdown extended amid fears of ‘second wave’ of virus

To keep the coronavirus from spreading, a curfew and other restrictions on movement in Lebanon will continue through at least May 24.
A member of internal security forces distributes protective masks for demonstrators, as preventive measures against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during a protest in cars against the growing economic hardship and to mark Labour Day in Tyre, Lebanon May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Taher - RC2OFG96BP4S

Just as struggling businesses were beginning to reopen, cash-strapped Lebanon has extended its partial lockdown by two weeks.  

The country has begun to ease restrictions under a five-part plan, which includes allowing restaurants, hair salons and certain shops to operate at partial capacity. But even as some measures are lifted, Lebanon’s Cabinet decided today the partial lockdown will remain in place.  

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