In an interview with Humanitarian and Emergency Relief Coordinator Marc Lowcock on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the UN's $2 billion humanitarian response plan, the official appealed for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East to ease the fight against Coronavirus.
The measures will apply from 0700 local time (0500 GMT) on Saturday until further notice. The army of Jordan sealed off the capital from the rest of the country on Thursday to put its 10 million people on lockdown.
Despite the confirmation of coronavirus cases in Libya, fighting between the forces of the GNA and the LNA around the densely populated capital, Tripoli, continues. With successive ceasefires and calls to cooperate in face of the outbreak failed, there are fears that the fighting could spread the outbreak.
As the coronavirus spreads around the world, a distinct pattern in the stages of the outbreak and responses to it are emerging. Recognising these patterns will be vital in anticipating the direction of the outbreak in the MENA region and the responses to it.
As Lebanon moves in to confront the COVID-19 outbreak that has already claimed thousands of lives around the world, textile workshops, such as a former school uniform workshop in Sidon, are moving to produce medical scrubs and other, much-needed equipment.