Lebanon should extend shutdown amid coronavirus outbreak: Supreme Defense Council

Employees from a disinfection company sanitize handrails, as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus, at Beirut's seaside Corniche. (Reuters)
Employees from a disinfection company sanitize handrails, as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus, at Beirut's seaside Corniche. (Reuters)

Lebanon’s supreme defense council has advised the government to extend by two weeks a countrywide shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Voice of Lebanon radio reported after the council met on Thursday.

A two-week extension would keep the country closed until April 12. Lebanon has recorded 333 cases of coronavirus and six deaths. A decision was expected to be taken at a cabinet meeting on Thursday.

source: Reuters