April 24, 2020 / 12:41 PM / a month ago

Lebanon defence council urges extending coronavirus lockdown two weeks, easing restrictions

BEIRUT, April 24 (Reuters) - Lebanon’s higher defence council advised the government on Friday to extend a coronavirus lockdown by two weeks until May 10, but to begin gradually easing restrictions in the coming weeks.

The cabinet is expected to take the decision in a session on Friday. During the lockdown, Lebanon has ordered most businesses closed, shut the airport and imposed an overnight curfew. (Reporting by Eric Knecht, Tom Perry, and Laila Bassam; Editing by Alison Williams)

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