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17:48

Doctor Akram Dandash told VDL (93.3) that some COVID-19 patients are dying or falling into comas in Baalbek because of misdiagnosis. Some pharmacies are prescribing cocktail injections that include Profenid to COVID-19 patients who are mistaken for having the common flu, he said

17:35

Roads across Lebanon have been closed in protest of the lira’s rapid collapse, local media report. Affected areas include Corniche al-Mazraa, Verdun, Kaskas and Concord in Beirut, Baabda, Elia junction in Saida, Nabatieh, Tyre and multiple roads in Tripoli

17:25

A large group of protesters have gathered near the Presidential Palace in Baabda, raising Lebanese flags and voicing anger over deteriorating living conditions and inflation, local and social media report. Army and security forces have pushed the protesters back

15:59

Central bank Gov. Riad Salameh met with caretaker Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni today and presented proposals to decrease the lira-dollar market exchange rate. Salameh said the Minister and the central council of BDL will study the proposals over the next 24 hours, the NNA reports

14:29

Caretaker Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni has ordered the transfer of a LL50 billion treasury advance to the Higher Relief Commission to complete the fourth phase of a plan aimed at assisting families that have suffered from the economic drawbacks of the COVID-19 lockdown

14:10

Many pharmacies across Lebanon will strike Thursday in protest of the lira’s collapse and resultant stock shortages and high operational costs, the head of the pharmacies syndicate told L’Orient Today. The syndicate is not sanctioning the strike, but supports it, he said

11:54

Dozens of people have gathered in front of the Economy Ministry in downtown Beirut to protest the reported lifting of subsidies in the coming weeks. Caretaker Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni said yesterday that subsidies will be lifted gradually but did not offer a clear time frame

11:03

Petrol prices have risen due to the lira’s depreciation. A tank of diesel now costs LL27,700, Octane 98 petrol LL40,000 and Octane 95 LL38,900. The head of the Gas Station Owners Syndicate told Al Jadeed he expects fuel subsidies to fall by 5% next week, further pushing up prices

10:40

The truck owners’ syndicate at the Beirut port has announced a strike starting Thursday and continuing until “the exchange rate stabilizes,” local media outlets report. Trucks will stop transporting goods to and from the port, a spokesperson for the syndicate said

09:18

Some supermarkets in Akkar have closed shop for the fourth day running as a result of the lira’s rapid collapse, prompting residents to accuse them of hoarding subsidized goods, the NNA reports. Meanwhile, protesters are blocking roads in Corniche al-Mazraa and Barbir in Beirut

19:09

Lebanon has registered 3,480 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. Fifty-two more people have died, raising the death toll to 5,474

18:28

Dozens of roads across Lebanon have been closed in protest of the lira’s rapid collapse, local media report. Affected areas include Corniche al-Mazraa and downtown Beirut, Saadnayel and Taanayel in Zahle, and multiple roads in Tripoli and Nabatieh

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