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Libyan gov't suspends flights in wake of COVID-19

Other precautionary measures include closure of border crossings, schools, cafes and wedding halls

Aydogan Kalabalik   | 16.03.2020
Libyan gov't suspends flights in wake of COVID-19


Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) on Monday suspended all flights at the Misrata Airport as a preventive measure against the coronavirus outbreak.

Flights have been suspended for three weeks, Sulaiman al-Juhaimi, Misrata Airport's media officer told Anadolu Agency. 

Although no coronavirus cases have been recorded in Libya, premier Fayez al-Sarraj also ordered the closure of border crossings. 

Last week, the North African state banned the entry of foreigners into the country. 

Meanwhile, sports events have been cancelled, with wedding halls, educational institutions and smoking cafes to remain closed for the next two weeks at least.

Al-Sarraj also instructed authorities to suspend prayers at mosques, advising individuals to pray at their homes.

After emerging in Wuhan, China last December, the virus, officially known as COVID-19, has spread to at least 146 countries and territories.

The global death toll from the pandemic is past 6,400, with nearly 165,000 cases, according to the World Health Organization.

*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat

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