Libya’s Coronavirus Committee Extends Curfew and Announces New Measures

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Libya’s Supreme Committee to Combat Coronavirus, affiliated to the eastern-based Interim Government, has decided on Tuesday to extend the daily night-time curfew, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m, beginning today.

In its meeting, the Committee also decided to prevent travel among cities. It stressed that this is part of the government’s comprehensive plan to curb the spread of the virus in the country.

It also pointed out that some military units of the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Ministry of Interior will be deployed to ensure these measures are followed.

The Committee’s decision included the shutdown of all cafes and restaurants, allowing only home delivery services. It also imposes a complete closure of all barbershops, salons, and wedding halls. It also called on all administrative units to resume their operation but with a reduced number of staff.

On Monday, the National Centre for Disease Control reported 226 new COVID-19 cases, and 10 deaths. This brings the total confirmed cases to 4,063, and a death toll of 93.

Several Arab countries have tightened restrictions on movement, and travel to curb the spread of the virus. Trillions of dollars have been pledged in economic stimulus packages around the world, to reduce the economic repercussions of the crisis.