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18 Jun 2020 | 12:54 PM UTC

Libya: GNA authorities extend lockdown until June 27 /update 8

Libya News Alert

GNA authorities extend lockdown and curfew for ten days to June 27 and 24-hour curfew imposed on June 19-20 in areas it controls; follow authorities directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/18/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/31/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Libya

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Event

The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) announced on Wednesday, June 17, that it would be extending the lockdown in the areas it controls for a further ten days until Saturday, June 27, in efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The decision comes as the number of cases continues to rise daily nationwide. Following advice from health authorities, the daily curfew which is in effect between 20:00 and 06:00 (local time) will also be extended during this time and a 24-hour curfew will be imposed for Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20. Health authorities have also recommended that face-masks be made compulsory to be worn by all individuals.

Land and sea border crossing points within GNA territory were closed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj on Monday, March 16. All mosques, schools, restaurants, wedding halls, parks, and shops remain closed as a precaution.

As of June 18, there are at least 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Libya and ten associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term. 

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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