Libya records 388 new COVID-19 cases

FILE PHOTO: Members of Red Crescent spray disinfectants, as part of precautionary measures against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at government offices in Misrata, Libya March 21, 2020. REUTERS/Ayman Al-Sahili

The National Center for Disease Control of Libya on Tuesday reported 388 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 5,929.

In a statement earlier Tuesday, the center said it received a total of 2,345 suspected samples, of which 388 tested positive.

The center added that 14 more patients have recovered and another five died, taking the total recoveries to 724 and the death toll to 125.

The UN-backed government a few days ago made it mandatory for people to wear face masks in public, noting that violators will be fined.

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