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Lebanon to Form Debt Restructuring Plan by Year-End

Lebanon Friday pledged to finalise a plan to restructure the country's massive debt by the end of 2020, just weeks after its first default in history.

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Army Ensures Curfew Plan Enforcement

The Lebanese Army said in a statement on Saturday that its troops have deployed around all Lebanese regions to ensure that a curfew order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus is respected.

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Report: Banks 'Still Pushing' for Capital Control

Despite the opposition it faces by various political parties, a group of bankers are reportedly trying to again push a capital control bill, that organizes the relation between banks and depositors, to the Cabinet table for approval amid a financial crisis and shortage in dollars, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

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Lebanon Begins Implementing Night Closure, Curfew

Lebanon on Friday started implementing beefed up “general mobilization” measures with the closure of all shops including supermarkets at 5:00 pm and a curfew that starts at 7:00 pm and ends at 5:00 am.

Only pharmacies, bakeries, mills, medical and hygiene product factories, gas stations, media outlets, hotels, private security firms and crews related to sanitation, neighborhood generator providers and the electricity and internet sectors will be allowed to operate uninterrupted, the Internal Security Forces said.

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Berri Slams Govt. over Expats, Urges It to Bring Them Home

Speaker Nabih Berri on Friday called on the government to hold an extraordinary session to discuss the issue of bringing home Lebanese expats amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Diab Inspects RHUH, Says Employees to Get New Wage Scale

Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Friday inspected the state-run Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut, which is leading the country's medical fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lebanon Records 23 New Coronavirus Cases, One Death

The Health Ministry said on Friday that Lebanon registered 23 new cases of coronavirus and one death.

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Fahmi: Next Phase Crucial to Fight Coronavirus

Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi said the measures will be tightened to ensure that the state of “general mobilization” declared by the government meets the desired goal in controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.

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Rafik Hariri University Hospital Employees to Stage Sit-in

Employees and staff at the governmental Rafik Hariri University Hospital, the leading medical facility fighting coronavirus, plan to stage a sit-in on Friday to protest nonpayment of their rights.

The committee of employees and contract workers said in a statement: “Employees and staff at the hospital have suffered and sacrificed since the opening of the hospital, especially during the spread of coronavirus, but until this moment they have not received their full rights such as the (salaries based on the 2017) wage scale law.”

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Jumblat: Seaside Hotels Must be Seized, Used for Quarantine

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat on Thursday warned that the coronavirus epidemic is more dangerous than both terrorism and an Israeli invasion, calling for the appropriation of seaside properties for quarantine purposes.

“We need to declare a state of emergency, seeing as death is at the doors and coronavirus is more dangerous than Israeli invasion,” Jumblat said in an interview with MTV.

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