Eight new cases of coronavirus, classes suspended
- The Health Ministry announced eight new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, raising the total number to 78. Due to concerns over coronavirus, public and private schools will be suspended until March 22, and banks will be suspended on Saturday.
Central Criminal Investigation Bureau to investigate doctor
- Dr. Hadi Mourad has been summoned by the Central Criminal Investigation Bureau after speaking on a live television show, where he spoke against the Health Minister's reaction to coronavirus. He will be interrogated on Monday. Meanwhile, Lebanese Forces Leader Samir Geagea announced in a press conference today that he plans to file a lawsuit against the state if it does not take the necessary precautions against coronavirus.
Nasrallah says he does not object to International Monetary Fund (IMF)
- Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah announced on live television Friday night that he does not object to the IMF as long as conditions are reasonable and do not violate Lebanon's sovereignty or constitution. However, he emphasized that he is against any increase on VAT. He also called on banks to take responsibility regarding the financial crisis.
Exchange shops refuse to sell dollars
- Exchange shops across the country have not been selling dollars since March 6, when the Central Bank issued a circular to cap the buy rate of foreign currencies at around LBP 1,960 to 1 USD.
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