BEIRUT, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's Higher Defense Council decided on Thursday to extend general mobilization period to the end of March 2021 in light of COVID-19 outbreak with a set of health, economic and security measures, the National News Agency reported.
The council said that the money requested by the Ministry of Health for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines is ready.
During a meeting with the council, President Michel Aoun considered that "the current circumstances require the expansion of the framework of duties of the caretaking government to meet the needs of the country and citizens until the next government is formed."
For his part, Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that the two weeks of lockdown measures adopted by the country from Nov. 14 to Nov. 29 helped in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases while increasing the readiness of the health sector by adding beds in hospitals.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday that total cases of COVID-19 rose by 1,520 to 132,776.
It said eight new cases were recorded among workers in the health sector, which brings the total number of infections in the sector to 1,770.
Meanwhile, the ministry recorded 12 new deaths, raising the death toll to 1,067 in the country.