Lebanon extends lockdown until February 8 as COVID deaths soar

Beirut, Lebanon – Lebanon has extended a hard lockdown by two weeks amid record-breaking numbers of COVID-related deaths and an unabated surge in the number of new cases that have stretched the country’s healthcare system to its limits. Meanwhile, a top health

US jobless claims soar to 965,000 as COVID surge triggers layoffs

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits with states surged to 965,000 last week as soaring COVID-19 infections and measures to contain them accelerate layoffs. The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits climbed toward one million last week as business-sapping

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