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Lebanon extends shutdown by two weeks to April 12

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Lebanon is set to extend a countrywide lockdown by two weeks until April 12 to combat the spread of coronavirus. 

Lebanon said on Thursday it had recorded 368 cases of coronavirus including 35 new cases since the day before, with six deaths in the country so far. 

A request to extend the lockdown was agreed at a meeting of the supreme defence council on Thursday attended by senior officials including the president, prime minister, the health minister and the army chief. 

The meeting was followed by a cabinet session. 

Lebanon declared a state of medical emergency on March 15, urging people to stay at home and ordering the closure of most public and private establishments. Beirut airport is closed.

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