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At virus tipping point, Lebanon imposes all-day curfew

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese authorities have begun enforcing an 11-day nationwide shutdown and round-the-clock curfew, hoping to limit the spread of coronavirus infections amid a dramatic surge after the holiday period. The curfew is the strictest measure Lebanon has taken since the start of the pandemic. Previous shutdowns had laxer rules and were poorly enforced. Now, residents cannot leave their homes, except for a defined set of reasons, including going to the bakery, pharmacy, doctor’s office, hospital or airport. For all those, they’ll need permits. Authorities were forced to take a tougher approach after the country’s hospitals hit capacity with daily infections reaching an all-time high of 5,440 cases last week. 

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