Libya reports 161 new COVID-19 cases

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The National Center for Disease Control of Libya's UN-backed government on Monday announced the first COVID-19 recovery case in the country [Ayman Al-Sahili/Reuters]

The National Center for Disease Control of Libya’s UN-backed government on Monday announced the first COVID-19 recovery case in the country [Ayman Al-Sahili/Reuters]
The National Center for Disease Control of Libya on Wednesday reported 161 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national count to 4,224.

In a statement earlier Wednesday, the center said it had received a total of 1,047 suspected samples, 161 of which tested positive.

Up to 633 recoveries and 96 deaths from COVID-19 had so far been reported, the center said.

In order to fight the pandemic, Libyan authorities have closed the country’s borders, shut down schools and mosques, banned public gatherings and imposed a curfew.

China donated medical aid to Libya in June to help the North African country fight the COVID-19 pandemic, including 834 nucleic acid diagnostic kits, 5,000 medical protective suits, 15,000 N95 face masks, 100,000 surgical masks, 5,000 goggles and 5,000 pairs of medical gloves.

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