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Libya to impose 10-day curfew to combat COVID-19

All vegetable, meat markets to be closed, but bakeries, some shops to remain open

Safiye Karabacak, Gulsen Topcu   | 16.04.2020
Libya to impose 10-day curfew to combat COVID-19 Security forces stand guard to insure that the measures taken by the government are respected as curfew continues within the coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions in Tripoli, Libya on April 10, 2020. ( Hazem Turkia - Anadolu Agency )


Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) has declared a 10-day curfew starting Friday to fight the novel coronavirus.  

At a press conference Wednesday in the capital Tripoli, the Supreme Committee for Combating COVID-19 said all vegetable and meat markets will be closed, but bakeries and some shops will remain open to meet people's needs.

Only pedestrians will be allowed to go out between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. local time, provided they are wearing masks.

Libya has reported one death from the virus and nine recoveries, while a total of 35 cases have been reported so far. The country recorded its first case of the coronavirus on March 24.

Since emerging last December in Wuhan, China, the virus has infected more than 2 million people worldwide and claimed over 133,000 lives, according to figures compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University. More than 510,000 people have recovered.

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