March 14, 2020 / 9:25 PM / 24 days ago

CORRECTED-Libya's Tripoli govt declares emergency, shuts down ports, airports

(Corrects amount government pledged for coronavirus)

TUNIS, March 14 (Reuters) - Libya’s Tripoli-based Government of National Accord has declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus and will close all air and sea ports from Monday, Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj said on Saturday.

Serraj also said, in a broadcast address, that his internationally recognised government had earmarked 500 million Libyan dinars ($360.54 million)to combat the disease if it reached Libya, though no cases had been confirmed so far.

Libya, split for years between rival governments that have been fighting a war for nearly a year, lacks adequate isolation and other facilities to combat the virus, the head of its disease control centre told Reuters on Thursday. ($1 = 1.3868 Libyan dinars) (Reporting By Angus McDowall; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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