Libya's Foreign Ministry says no Coronavirus cases among Libyan communities abroad

Libya's Foreign Ministry says no Coronavirus cases among Libyan communities abroad

March 16, 2020 - 19:53
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan Foreign Ministry said the diplomatic missions abroad had registered no Coronavirus cases among Libyan nationals.

The Deputy Foreign Minister for Technical Affairs Mahmoud Al-Tellisi said Monday that the announcement came after direct contact with the heads of missions and their committees overseas.

According to the Foreign Ministry, all missions had reported their measures and precautionary procedures, including the needed medical assistance to be provided to those in need, to the concerned departments at the ministry.

Libya's Foreign Ministry formed earlier a follow-up committee to confront any possible outbreak of Coronavirus in the country. The committee is headed by Al-Tellisi and Deputy Foreign Minister for Financial and Administrative Affairs, Hamza Al-Oukli.

The state of emergency was declared by the Presidential Council on Saturday with a budget of 500 million dinars to prevent the outbreak of Coronavirus in Libya, in addition to closing all borders for three weeks starting March 16.

A meeting approved a package of measures on Sunday, including tackling the issues of the Libyans stranded abroad. It was attended by the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj, Governor of Central Bank of Libya Al-Siddiq Al-Kabir, Head of Audit Bureau Khalid Shakshak, Head of Administrative Control Authority Sulaiman Al-Shanti, Speaker of Tripoli-based House of Representatives Hamouda Sayala and Head of High Council of State Khalid Al-Mishri.

The same measures were called for by the Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, who urged to tackle the problems at international airports where Libyans are awaiting a flight back home.