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Lebanon’s COVID-19 infections rise to 1,097

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Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections rose on Saturday by 11 cases to 1,097 while death toll remained unchanged at 26, the National News Agency reported.

Lebanese officials are adopting localized isolation in some areas to restrict the spread of the virus since they cannot keep the country closed for a long period amid the current economic deterioration.

However, the country remains under general mobilization until June 7 while some sectors continued to operate under a specific plan adopted by the cabinet.

Firas Abiad, director general of the Rafic Hariri University Hospital, tweeted on Saturday that the number of cases in the coming week will tell if the adopted measures are sufficient.

(XINHUA)

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Lebanon postpones oil, gas licensing deadlines amid COVID-19 outbreak

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Lebanon postponed on Sunday the deadline for submitting offers for the country’s second licensing round for offshore oil and gas exploration in five blocks amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the National News Agency reported.

The new date will be specified later this year, said the report.

“The outbreak of COVID-19 all over the world has devastating effects on the petroleum sector, leading to low demand for oil and gas and a sharp decline in the prices of these two commodities,” said a statement by the Energy Ministry.

The statement explained that the coronavirus hit the financial and logistical capabilities of oil-mining companies, prompting these companies to reduce their investments in such projects.

Lebanon launched in April 2019 the second licensing round for offshore oil and gas exploration in five blocks.

In February 2018, Lebanon signed its first offshore oil and gas exploration and production contracts for two energy blocks with a consortium of France‘s Total, Italy‘s Eni and Russia‘s Novatek.

(XINHUA)

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Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections rises to 1,220

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Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections increased on Sunday by 29 cases to 1,220 while death toll went up by one case to 27, the National News Agency reported.

Director General of Beirut airport Fadi Al Hassan announced on Sunday that the airport will reopen in June.

“We are currently preparing for the opening of the airport by adopting barriers to respect social distancing rules,” he said.

Lebanon and China have supported each other in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In February, Lebanese President Michel Aoun expressed solidarity with China in its battle against the coronavirus.

In return, China has offered help to Lebanon’s anti-coronavirus fight, including the donation of medical equipment to Beirut’s airport, and Lebanon’s Health Ministry.

On April 16, China also donated 3,000 testing kits and 200 manual thermometers to Lebanon.

(XINHUA)

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COVID-19 infections in Lebanon rise to 1,191

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Lebanon increased by 19 to 1,191 on Saturday, while the death toll remained at 26, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.

The Lebanese government has decided to impose a fine on anyone who do not wear masks outdoors as the Lebanese have been recently ignoring the precautions adopted to curb the COVID-19 infections, NNA said.

It is worth noting that Lebanon has allowed businesses to reopen in order to reverse the deteriorating economic conditions.

Lebanon and China have been supporting each other in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, China donated another batch of medical aid to Lebanon, including personal protective equipment such as masks, goggles and protective clothing.

(XINHUA)

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UNIFIL official says no change in agency’s mandate in Lebanon

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The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) spokesperson Andrea Tenenti assured on Saturday that there will be no change in the UNIFIL‘s mandate in Lebanon, local media reported.

“There has been no change in the UNIFIL‘s mandate so far. We work on restricting tension in southern Lebanon,” Tenenti was quoted as saying by Elnashra, online independent newspaper.

The Israeli UN ambassador Danny Danon said earlier in May that Israel wants UN peacekeepers to have access to all sites in Lebanon, adding the UN Security Council must be immediately informed of any block of their freedom of movement.

However, Lebanon‘s Hezbollah leader expressed his rejection to any change to the mandate of the UNIFIL.

Meanwhile, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab emphasized on Wednesday the urgent need for the UNIFIL in south Lebanon.

The Lebanese cabinet agreed on Friday to extend the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon for another year.

(XINHUA)

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UNIFIL awards Chinese woman for exceptional role in peacekeeping in S. Lebanon

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The UN Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) awarded a Chinese female major on Friday for her work to integrate a gender perspective into the military functions, the UNIFIL said in a statement.

UNIFIL Chief Stefano Del Col presented Major Yuan Xin of UNIFIL‘s Chinese contingent with the UN Certificate of Recognition award on behalf of the UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

“I am particularly pleased to recognize the achievements of Maj Xin today in her role in the area of demining, a vital component of operational effectiveness and protection of civilian,” Del Col said.

Del Col made the statement on the occasion of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers held at the UNIFIL‘s headquarters in Naqoura, which paid tribute to the contribution of uniformed and civilian personnel and honored more than 3,900 peacekeepers who lost their lives serving under the UN flag around the world since 1948.

This year, the UN peacekeeper’s day marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security and commemorates the key role of women in peacekeeping.

“I would like to express my great pride for the immense contribution of female peacekeepers at UNIFIL,” said Major General Del Col.

He commended all UNIFIL personnel for their “exceptional service and hard work” in ensuring that the UN Mission continues to carry out its operational activities 24/7 and delivers on its mandate even under “these most trying of circumstances.”

“This year, the challenges and threats faced by our peacekeepers are even greater than ever. Despite the risk of COVID-19, they are continuing their operations and supporting the governments and the local populations,” he said.

In December 2002, the UN General Assembly designated May 29 as the International Day of UN Peacekeepers in order to pay tribute to the professionalism, dedication and courage of all the men and women serving in uniform and as civilians in UN peacekeeping operations, and honor the memory of those who have lost their lives for peace.

The global theme of this year’s observance is “Women in Peacekeeping: A Key to Peace.”

(XINHUA)

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Lebanon’s COVID-19 infections rise to 1,172

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Lebanon’s COVID-19 infections increased on Friday by four cases to 1,172 while the death toll remained unchanged at 26, the National News Agency reported.

The Lebanese cabinet has imposed a few days ago a fine of 50,000 Lebanese pounds (33 U.S. dollars) on those who do not wear masks while walking on the streets or using public transportation.

Lebanon has been taking tough measures in its fight against COVID-19 since Feb. 21 and the country has received aid from different countries to fight against the virus including China.

The Chinese People‘s Liberation Army on Thursday donated surgical face masks, goggles, protective clothing and other medical supplies to the Lebanese army to help combat COVID-19.

(XINHUA)

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People enjoy swimming at the seaside of Beirut, Lebanon, May 28, 2020. (Photo by Bilal Jawich/Xinhua)

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Lebanon’s COVID-19 infections rise to 1,168

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Lebanon’s COVID-19 infections increased on Thursday by seven cases to 1,168 while death toll remained unchanged at 26, the National News Agency reported.

Lebanon continues to conduct random PCR tests to make a clear assessment of the virus spread in the country.

Lebanon and China have supported each other in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In February, Lebanese President Michel Aoun expressed solidarity with China in its battle against the coronavirus. In return, China has offered help to Lebanon’s anti-coronavirus fight, including the donation of medical equipment to Beirut’s airport, and Lebanon’s Health Ministry.

On April 16, China also donated 3,000 testing kits and 200 manual thermometers to Lebanon.

(XINHUA)

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Lebanon repatriates 69 stranded Nigerians

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The  Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Houssam Diab, says his country has repatriated 69 Nigerians stranded in Lebanon.

Diab said this at a news conference  on Thursday in Abuja.

According to him, both Lebanon and Nigeria ensured safe return of the stranded citizens.

He said that the operation would not have been possible without the sponsorship of the National Lebanese Airlines, the Lebanese community in Nigeria and Lebanese Embassy in Abuja.

The ambassador said that  the three assisted  in funding and organising  the repatriation and the 14-day quarantine of 50 of the 69 repatriated citizens.

Diab said the other 19 Nigerians were sponsored by IOM.

“This operation resulted from extensive cooperation between the Embassy of Lebanon in Abuja and the Lebanese Nigeria Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its Nigerian counterpart, with assistance from other governmental authorities,” he said.

He listed the authorities to include the Lebanese Security General and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Diab  commended Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, for  overseeing the operation and clearing  all obstacles  that could have jeopardised the success of the mission.

The ambassador said that the commitment of both the Lebanese and Nigerian governments to ensure that  the Nigerians citizens were safely repatriated, was  evidence of strong partnership.

He said that the partnership was based on the principles of mutual trust and respect for human lives.

He added that  without the generous financial contribution of MEA and the Lebanese community in Nigeria, it would have been difficult to achieve success.

“This contribution complements similar donation that has been made by Lebanese community in Nigeria at large and in the FCT, Lagos, Kano and Port Harcourt in particular,” he said.

This, according to him, is in support of  palliative measures taken by the Nigerian Government to alleviate the hardship of vulnerable Nigerians affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

He said that the donation came as a token of loyalty and appreciation from the Lebanese community to Nigeria and Nigerians who embraced them and theirs.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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