Libya reports 655 new COVID-19 cases

The National Center for Disease Control of Libya on Sunday reported 655 new COVID-19 cases.

The center said in a statement that it received a total of 2,756 suspected samples, of which 655 were tested positive, adding that 56 patients have newly recovered and 13 more died.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Libya so far is 17,749, including 2,081 recoveries and 285 deaths, the center confirmed.

A series of precautionary measures against COVID-19 have been taken by the Libyan authorities since the first case was announced in March, which include closing the country’s borders, shutting down schools and mosques, banning public gatherings and imposing a curfew.

China donated medical aid to Libya in June to help the country’s pandemic battle, including 834 nucleic acid diagnostic kits, 5,000 medical protective suits, 15,000 N95 face masks, 100,000 surgical masks, 5,000 pairs of goggles and 5,000 pairs of medical gloves.