By Sami Zaptia.
London, 8 May 2020:
The internationally recognized Libyan government based in Tripoli yesterday extended the current 6pm to 6am curfew in areas under its effective authority for another 10 days from today – until 18 May.
The curfew allows food retailers and chemists to open during these hours and allows for travel on foot to local shops – but restricts car movements between districts and cities.
The extension came on the back of medical advice from the anti-Coronavirus committee and on the back of the World Health Organization’s recommendation last Saturday that Libya exercises caution in the face of the serious health threat posed by COVID-19 in the country.
“Now is not the time to reduce caution,” said Elizabeth Hoff, WHO’s representative in Libya said in the statement. “The low numbers reported should not fool us into a false sense of security. Libya is in the early stages of the epidemic and has not yet reached the height of infection. Until the test becomes more widespread, it will be impossible to ascertain the extent of the disease and its geographical spread.”
Libya has also started to receive this week flights transporting citizens stranded abroad.
At the time of publication, Libya had a total of 64 Coronavirus cases, with 24 recoveries and 3 deaths.
Libya’s Coronavirus cases up by two to 63, WHO urges vigilance, stranded repatriation flights start Tuesday