Lebanon: Streets slowly empty in Beirut as four-day lockdown comes into force

While many pedestrians and motorists were still venturing out in the early evening hours in Beirut on Wednesday, popular districts slowly petered out as a new lockdown went into effect from 04:00 PM (13:00 GMT) onwards in the country. The government re-introduced the measures after a spike in coronavirus cases in recent days, prompting quick action to avoid a second prolonged disruption stemming... Еще from the virus. Lebanon's economy has already been ravaged by a multi-year recession and ongoing currency crisis that is rapidly depleting the value of the local currency relative to the US dollar. As of Wednesday, the country has 878 confirmed cases of coronavirus, up from 750 a week ago, according to data gathered by Johns Hopkins University.

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