March 26, 2020 / 2:06 PM / in 12 days

Lebanon to impose overnight shutdown to confront coronavirus - minister

BEIRUT, March 26 (Reuters) - Lebanon will begin an overnight shutdown from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., with some exceptions to be announced later, as it steps up measures to combat coronavirus, Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad said on Thursday.

Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni has requested that all public institutions suspend work until further notice as part of stricter measures, a Finance Ministry statement said.

Lebanon has so far recorded 368 cases of coronavirus and six deaths.

Reporting by Eric Knecht and Tom Perry; Editing by Alison Williams

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