Libya reports 47 new COVID-19 cases, 1,389 in total

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The National Center for Disease Control of Libya on Saturday reported 47 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 1,389.

The center said in a statement that it received a total of 629 suspected samples, of which 582 tested negative and 47 positive.

The death toll form the virus in Libya reached 38 and the total recoveries hit 340, the center added.

Libyan authorities have taken a series of protective measures against the coronavirus, which includes closing the country’s borders, schools and mosques and banning public gatherings as well as imposing a curfew.

Libya reported the first COVID-19 case in March, while the first death was in April.

China donated medical aid to Libya in June to help the country fight against the pandemic.

The aid included 834 nucleic acid diagnostic kits, 5,000 medical protective suits, 15,000 N95 masks, 100,000 surgical masks, 5,000 goggles and 5,000 pairs of medical gloves.

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