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Lebanon Begins All-day Curfew as Virus Spins Out of Control

Lebanese authorities began enforcing an 11-day nationwide shutdown and round the clock curfew Thursday, hoping to limit the spread of coronavirus infections spinning out of control after the holiday period.

For the first time, residents were required to request a one-hour permit to be allowed to leave the house for "emergencies," including going to the bakery, pharmacist, doctor, hospital or airport.

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Report: Government Formation an ‘Open-Ended’ Crisis

President Michel Aoun and PM-designate have “no choice but to reach consensus on the government formation” process, otherwise “everyone” else in Lebanon and the “nation” itself are going to “pay a hefty price,” al-Joumhouria daily reported Thursday.

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Report: Heightened Anger in Center House after Aoun’s ‘Insults’

Tension heightened at the Center House after the “insulting” remarks of President Michel Aoun about PM-designate Saad Hariri in a leaked video that circulated on social media outlets, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.

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Lebanese Health Minister in Hospital after Contracting Coronavirus

Caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hassan was admitted Wednesday to hospital after he tested positive for coronavirus, the St. Georges Hadath Hospital said.

In a statement, the hospital described the minister’s situation as “good.”

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Presidency Says Aoun Underwent Routine Medical Checks

President Michel Aoun underwent "routine medical checks" at the Hotel Dieu hospital on Wednesday afternoon before returning to the Baabda Palace in the evening, the Presidency said.

Al-Jadeed TV said had earlier reported that Aoun underwent medical checks and an MRI scan for 40 minutes.

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Syndicates of Bakeries, Gas Stations Reassure Citizens amid Panic Buying

The syndicates of bakeries and fuel stations reassured citizens and residents on Wednesday that there will be no shortages during the 11-day strict lockdown that authorities have imposed to curb a dangerous spike in coronavirus cases.

The head of the syndicate of supermarket owners, Nabil Fahed, meanwhile voiced skepticism over supermarkets’ ability to meet all home delivery requests during the lockdown, in which supermarkets and grocery shops have been ordered to close their doors and only offer delivery services.

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Berri Schedules Session for Passing Covid-19 Vaccines Bill

Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday scheduled a parliament session for Friday aimed at “studying the urgent draft law for regulating the novel use of medical products to fight the Covid-19 pandemic,” the National News Agency said.

Parliament's health committee has prepared a draft law to allow for importing coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech.

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Prosecutor Appeals STL Trial Chamber Judgment in Hariri Case

Prosecutor Norman Farrell of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) has filed a Notice of Appeal before the Appeals Chamber of the STL alleging errors of law and errors of fact in the Judgment of the Trial Chamber, rendered 18 August 2020, the STL said in a press release on Wednesday.

The Prosecutor submitted that such errors invalidate the Judgment and occasion a miscarriage of justice.

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Hizbullah Positions among Targets of Israeli Raids in Syria

Israeli night raids targeting arms depots and military positions, including those of Hizbullah, in eastern Syria killed nine Syrian soldiers and 31 allied fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday.

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Khalil: Lebanon Must Import Different Types of Vaccine besides Pfizer’s

MP Hassan Khalil said on Wednesday that Lebanon should import Covid-19 vaccine from several sources, amid speculations that Lebanon's decision to get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine reportedly in February could be delayed or not sufficient for a large number of Lebanese.

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