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Lebanon suspends arrivals from India, Brazil over virus

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Astrazeneca/Oxford vaccines at the Osvaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) on 23 January 2021 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [Andre Coelho/Getty Images]
A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Astrazeneca/Oxford vaccines at the Osvaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) on 23 January 2021 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [Andre Coelho/Getty Images]

Lebanon on Thursday asked carriers operating at the Beirut International Airport to prevent passengers from India and Brazil to land because of a surge in coronavirus infections in those countries, Anadolu Agency reports.

Any arrival from India or Brazil must stay 14 days in another country before being allowed to enter Lebanon, according to a statement by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

The National Operations Room announced on Wednesday that a complete lockdown and curfew will be put in place in Lebanon from May 1 to May 4.

Lebanon's infections stood at 522,763 as of Wednesday, including 7,197 deaths and 453,865 recoveries.

India is currently experiencing a skyrocketing increase in infections where since mid-April it registered more than 300,000 daily infections that have brought its health system to near collapse.

Brazil has the third-highest number of infections after India and the US.

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