Libya capital’s mosques open after 7-month virus closure

SourceArab News
SectorFinancial Markets
CountryMiddle east

Author: AFPID: 1602270068741992800Fri, 2020-10-09 18:57 TRIPOLI: Mosques reopened in and around the Libyan capital Friday almost seven months after they were ordered to close as part of strict curbs to rein in the Covid-19 pandemic. Libya, ravaged by a complex web of conflicts since the ouster of longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi in a 2011 uprising, has seen a surge in contaminations since its first coronavirus case in March. According to the latest official figures, there have been more than 41,000 confirmed cases of the virus and 621 deaths in Libya, a country of less than seven million people. The Government of National Accord (GNA) based in the capital Tripoli authorized the reopening of mosques, but with conditions. Mosques in Tripoli and nearby towns reopened for prayers, with the faithful wearing face masks and observing social distancing. They also more...