(MENAFN) The combined tally of patients who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Libya has amounted to 713 as 15 more cases were detected over the past 24-hour period as of Saturday, the country"s National Center for Control announced, adding that the number of patients who have survived their deadly infections reached 142, with 18 others, on the other hand, have died.
According to the most recent data compiled by the center on Saturday morning, the recent confirmed cases were the only who tested positive for the virus among a total of 476 samples conducted in the previous day.
Libyan officials issued orders to close the country's boundaries, suspend schools and mosques, ban public gatherings, and impose a curfew as part of preventive measures to halt the pandemic of the COVID-19 throughout the nation.
On Friday, the UN-backed government extended the curfew for 10 additional days starting from Saturday, which begins from 8 p.m. (1800 GMT) to 6 a.m. (0400 GMT) of the next day.
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