Lebanon imposes new economic lockdown in bid to curb virus surge Jul 31, 2020 0 55 12345 DPABeirutShops, banks and other businesses closed down across Lebanon on Thursday as part of new lockdown measures aimed at curbing a fresh surge in cases of the new coronavirus. Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi earlier this week announced a two-stage lockdown over the next fortnight, to include the shutdown of private businesses, banks and other economic activities.Bars, nightclubs and public markets will also be closed and all religious gatherings, including funerals and weddings are to be suspended.The first lockdown stage will run from July 30 till August 3, coinciding with the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday. The second will take effect from August 6-10. Lebanon recorded its highest daily tally of coronavirus cases so far on Wednesday, with 182 new infections.The latest cases have taken the country’s overall tally to 4,202, with 55 COVID-19-related deaths.The virus cases in Lebanon spiked this month following the reopening of Beirut international airport.People coming from abroad were accused of failing to abide by a 14-day mandatory quarantine measure. Firas Abayd, the head the Rafik Hariri Hospital, a main hospital in Beirut tackling coronavirus, predicted in a tweet that Lebanon will see a rise in hospitalizations due to the new infections. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES India registers 50,000 new daily virus cases for the first time Jul 31, 2020 0 367 Growing death toll from monsoon floods hampers South Asia virus efforts Jul 31, 2020 0 372 Muslim pilgrims scale Mount Arafat for peak of Hajj Jul 31, 2020 0 373 Philippines reports record daily high of coronavirus infections DPA Manila The Philippines on Thursday reported a record 3,954 additional coronavirus infections, pushing the country’s national tally to more than 89,000. The death toll from COVID-19 also rose to 1,983, with 23 .. Yemen’s rebels release Bahai leader previously condemned to death Sana’a Yemen’s rebels said on Thursday they had released the leader of the Bahai religious minority in the war-torn country, some seven years after he was detained. In March this year, a Yemeni court controlled by the .. Iran says jailed UK-Australian academic ‘in perfect health’ Tehran A British-Australian academic jailed in Iran is in “perfect health” and is going to meet Canberra’s envoy in Tehran next week, state news agency IRNA reported. Kylie Moore-Gilbert “is in perfect health and based .. South Africa eases coronavirus curfew to help restaurant sector AFP Johannesburg South Africa is to ease its coronavirus curfew by an hour to help restaurants serve dinner, Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said Thursday. Restaurants have been campaigning fiercely .. DR Congo launches mass vaccination against cholera Bukavu Health workers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have launched a bid to vaccinate more than a million people against cholera in five days after their region was hit by heavy floods. Immunisation teams have ..