The lockdown, ordered after some hospitals started to run out of intensive care beds, includes a 24-hour curfew until January 25 AFP , Thursday 14 Jan 2021 A street in central Beirut is deserted, as Lebanon enters its first day of strict lockdown imposed by the authorities in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavisus, on January 14, 2021 PHOTO: AFP A full lockdown started in Lebanon Thursday, with residents barred even from grocery shopping and dependent on food deliveries, in a bid to slow a surge in novel coronavirus cases. The new restrictions were only loosely respected in some areas of the country, however, after mass protests in recent years against a political elite held responsible for a deepening economic crisis. The lockdown, ordered after some hospitals started to run out of intensive care beds, includes a 24-hour curfew until January 25. Non-essential workers are barred from leaving their homes, and supermarkets are supposed to operate delivery services only. Those wishing to request an emergency exemption -- to see a doctor for example -- can do so by sending a mobile phone ...read more...