Al-Sarraj declares state of emergency and mobilization to counter the coronavirus

Alwasat - Cairo Mon 16 Mar 2020, 04:09 PM
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Libya Presidential Council leader Fayez Al-Sarraj on Saturday declared the state of emergency over the possible coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Precautionary measures will be applied that include closing all of the country's sea, air, and land ports for three weeks starting Monday, AlSarraj said in a televised speech.

Confirming that no coronavirus infections have been detected in the country so far, Al-Ssrraj said his government is committed to applying the World Health Organization's Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan against the virus.

He also announced allocation of half a billion dinars (360 million U.S. dollars) to take protective measures against any possible infections.

The measures also include closing all schools, institutes and universities in the country for two weeks, as well as suspending all sports and entertainment events.

Competent authorities will instruct prayer goers to pray at home instead of mosques, the Libyan prime minister said.

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