Libya reports 489 new COVID-19 cases, total tops 93,000

Source: Xinhua| 2020-12-19 09:17:53|Editor: huaxia

TRIPOLI, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Libya's National Center for Disease Control on Friday reported 489 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 93,772.

The center said in a statement it received a total of 3,770 samples, of which 489 tested positive in the past day.

Meanwhile, 655 patients recovered while nine others died, taking the total recoveries to 63,886 and fatalities to 1,346, it said.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on Friday said it renovated two hospitals in Tripoli, capital of Libya, and supplied dozens of medical centers in the city with medical equipment to support the Ministry of Health (MoH)'s response against COVID-19.

"In Tripoli, UNDP renovated 2 hospitals, supplied medical equipment to 65 health centers, provided 1 ICU ambulance and supported the MoH respond to COVID-19 through the supply for testing kits. 1.7 million people today enjoy improved health services," UNDP tweeted.

Since the first case was reported in March in the country, Libyan authorities have taken a series of precautionary measures against the pandemic, including closing the country's borders, shutting down schools and mosques, banning public gatherings and imposing a curfew. Enditem