Libya reports 628 new COVID-19 cases, 37,437 in total

TRIPOLI, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- The National Center for Disease Control of Libya on Monday reported 628 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 37,437.

The Center said in a statement that it received a total of 3,356 suspected samples, adding 647 more patients have recovered and four died, raising the total recoveries to 22,076 and the death toll to 596.

In order to fight the pandemic and prevent infections, Libyan authorities have taken a series of precautionary measures since the first case was announced in March, including closing the country's borders, shutting down schools and mosques, banning public gatherings and imposing a curfew.

On Monday, Libya's UN-backed government allowed reopening of mosques, demanding that worshippers maintain precautionary measures, including social distancing and wearing medical masks.

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.

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