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Lebanon Declares State of Emergency Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

© AP Photo / Hassan AmmarPeople walk on a highway that is almost empty of cars, east Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, 15 March 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia
People walk on a highway that is almost empty of cars, east Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, 15 March 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia - Sputnik International
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BEIRUT (Sputnik) - Lebanon has so far confirmed 93 COVID-19 cases in the country and three deaths from coronavirus-related complications.

Lebanon's Higher Defense Council announced on Sunday a state of emergency in the country amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

"General mobilisation is declared in compliance with all the rules and special orders … [compliance] is required from all the government departments and services responsible for actions in an emergency epidemiological situation", the statement said.

Before the council meeting, Lebanese President Michel Aoun has said that the situation required the most urgent safety measures.

Earlier this week, Lebanon moved to suspend all human traffic with China, South Korea, Italy and Iran due to the coronavirus disease.

Restaurants and all public catering places were closed in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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