The Director-General of the National Center for Disease Control, Badreddin Al-Najjar, called for the swift establishment of emergency committees in municipalities for vigilance against coronavirus, in coordination with the center.

The center had urged people to refrain from public gatherings and avoid hands shack as part of an expanded public awareness campaign that covered universities and specialized institutions across the country.

Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, declared the state of emergency to confront the COVID-19. "A half-billion dinars will be allocated to face this pandemic," he said in a televised statement yesterday.