Libya reports 2 new COVID-19 cases

The National Center for Disease Control of Libya’s UN-backed government on Tuesday announced two new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 10.

The center said in a statement that it tested 11 suspected cases of the novel coronavirus, nine of which tested negative and two positive.

UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj recently declared a state of emergency and mobilization against the virus.

His government has taken a series of measures against the coronavirus, such as closing airports, border crossings, educational institutions and mosques; banning large gatherings and movements among cities; and imposing a curfew.

The government also stipulated daily working hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time.

On March 24, Libya announced its first COVID-19 case, a 73-year-old man who returned from Saudi Arabia.