The parallel administration controlling eastern Libya says it will impose a curfew from 6 PM to 6 AM to stop any spread of the coronavirus.
Its interior ministry however said in a statement on Wednesday that the curfew would exclude security and emergency personnel.
Libya has not yet confirmed any cases of the virus, but both its internationally recognized government in Tripoli and the rival Russian-backed administration in Benghazi have imposed tight restrictions on travel over the pandemic.
Several African countries, including Algeria, Ghana, South Africa and Tunisia, have followed leads in Europe and America, enforcing lockdowns or imposing travel bans.
On Wednesday, Nigeria, the continent’s most populous country, imposed a ban on citizens from thirteen countries entering the west African nation.
The ban, which comes into effect on Saturday, targets nationals of Spain, France, Italy, the UK, Ireland, China, and the US, among others.