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Lebanese government shuts down an already devastated economy amid global fear.
 
10/20/2020
 

Coronavirus Hastens Lebanon’s Impending Economic Collapse

Lebanese government shuts down an already devastated economy amid global fear.

BY WARREN REINSCH

The Lebanese government declared a state of emergency on March 15, putting its economy on virtual lockdown over fears of the Wuhan coronavirus spreading throughout the crowded nation.

The government ordered the closure of most of the nation’s public facilities and private companies. According to Reuters, Lebanon also closed its borders, ports and airport from March 18 to March 29 and told its citizens to stay home except for matters of "extreme necessity." Police intervened to close down several shops in Beirut, which remained open despite the government’s orders.

According to Johns Hopkins University, there are less than 200 confirmed coronavirus cases in Lebanon, a nation with 5.4 million people. Nevertheless, like many nations, Lebanon has been swept along by the current of worldwide fear. The drastic measures being undertaken by Lebanon’s government will only exacerbate its crashing economy.

 
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