Lebanon halts flights, bans entry from countries hit by coronavirus - PM


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  • Thursday, 12 Mar 2020

Customers wear protective face masks, following the outbreak of coronavirus, as they shop inside a supermarket in Beirut's Ashrafiyeh district, Lebanon March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon said on Wednesday it will halt all travel to and from Italy, South Korea, China, and Iran to curb coronavirus and gave nationals four days to return from other virus-hit countries before a more sweeping shutdown of flights would take effect.

Prime Minister Hassan Diab told a news conference that Lebanon was stepping up measures to curb the outbreak after a second death was recorded on Wednesday and the country's total confirmed cases reached 68 according to Lebanese media.

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