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COVID-19 pandemic in Libya

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COVID-19 pandemic in Libya
Map of districts in Libya with number of confirmed cases (as of 01 May 2020)
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index caseTripoli
Arrival date24 March 2020
(4 years, 2 months, 3 weeks and 5 days)
Confirmed cases64[1]
Government website

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Libya on 24 March 2020, when the first case was officially confirmed in Tripoli.

Cases[change | change source]

On 24 March, Libya confirmed its first COVID-19 case,[2] a 73-year-old man who had returned to the country in early March from a trip to Saudi Arabia.

On 2 April, Libya confirmed its first COVID-19 death. It was an 85-year-old Algerian woman.

Weakness[change | change source]

Libya was seen as weak during the pandemic due to the effects from the ongoing Libyan Civil War, which has led to a horrible humanitarian situation and a destroyed national healthcare system.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "متابعة فايروس كورونا في ليبيا". covid19.ly (in Arabic). Archived from the original on 20 January 2021. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  2. "Libya confirms first coronavirus case amid fear over readiness". Reuters. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  3. UN condemns rocket attack on Tripoli hospital, Al Jazeera (April 7, 2020).