Libyan National Forces Alliance leader quarantined in Egypt after testing positive for coronavirus

The Egyptian government has taken precautionary measures to combat the spread of coronavirus in the country including the suspension of international flights to mid-April and the closure of schools and universities. (File/AFP)
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Updated 28 March 2020

Libyan National Forces Alliance leader quarantined in Egypt after testing positive for coronavirus

  • Jibril’s health condition is stable and is currently staying in a hospital in Cairo
  • Egypt has reported on Friday 41 new coronavirus cases and six deaths

DUBAI: The President of the Libyan National Forces Alliance Mahmoud Jibril has been quarantined in Egypt after testing positive for coronavirus, an official told Youm7 newspaper earlier this week.

Jibril’s health condition is stable and is currently staying in a hospital in Cairo, the official added.

Egypt has reported on Friday 41 new coronavirus cases and six deaths, bringing the total number of infected patients to 536 and deaths to 30.

The Egyptian government has taken precautionary measures to combat the spread of coronavirus in the country including the suspension of international flights to mid-April and the closure of schools and universities, as well as restaurants, entertainment venues and malls.


LIVE: Countries across Middle East continue to ease COVID-19 restrictions amid strict precautions

Updated 32 min 28 sec ago

LIVE: Countries across Middle East continue to ease COVID-19 restrictions amid strict precautions

DUBAI: Countries in the Middle East are taking a range of different measures to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Egyptian government announced new regulations to stop the further spread of the virus as the public prepared for life after lockdown and coexisting with the coronavirus. Regulations include mandatory wearing of masks when leaving home. Offenders face fines of up to $254 for not wearing masks.
Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi announced a one-week ban on leaving or entering the emirate, and travel between its main cities, to be implemented from June 2. 
However, with the easing of restrictions, Tens of thousands of mosques across Saudi Arabia reopened on Sunday for the first time in more than two months. The Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Islam’s holiest site outside of Saudi Arabia, also reopened for prayers for the first time since it was closed in mid-March. 
MONDAY (GMT time) 
06:54 - Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has tested positive for coronavirus, Russian news agencies reported citing him on Facebook.

05:53 - Traffic jams and crowds of commuters returned to the Philippine capital on Monday, as the metropolis eased its restrictions in a high-stakes gamble to slowly reopen the economy while fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
05:31 - Turkey re-opens restaurants, cafes and parks on Monday and lifts inter-city travel curbs as the country eases restrictions taken to fight the coronavirus outbreak. President Tayyip Erdogan’s government has been gradually easing the restrictions over recent weeks, as authorities say the outbreak is now under control.
05:07 - Financial stocks led Indian shares higher on Monday, as the country geared up to further open its economy after a months-long lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.