Libya reports record daily increase in COVID-19 cases

FILE PHOTO: Members of Red Crescent spray disinfectants, as part of precautionary measures against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at government offices in Misrata, Libya March 21, 2020. REUTERS/Ayman Al-Sahili

The National Center for Disease Control of Libya’s UN-backed government on Monday announced the first COVID-19 recovery case in the country [Ayman Al-Sahili/Reuters]
The National Center for Disease Control of Libya on Thursday reported a record daily increase of 216 COVID-19 cases as the national tally topped 3,400.

A total of 3,438 cases have so far been reported with 604 recoveries and 73 deaths, the center said.

The Health Ministry said Tuesday that the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the country and it is difficult to prevent local transmission.

“All of Libya’s municipalities have officially moved from level 3 to level 4 of the pandemic, which means it has become difficult to track suspected cases, as the number of positive cases increases,” the ministry said in a statement.

In order to fight the pandemic, Libyan authorities have closed the country’s borders, shut down schools and mosques, banned public gatherings and imposed a curfew.

The UN-backed government on Thursday imposed a 24-hour curfew in the country for five days starting from Friday afternoon.

China donated medical aid to Libya in June to help the country fight the pandemic, including 834 nucleic acid diagnostic kits, 5,000 medical protective suits, 15,000 N95 face masks, 100,000 surgical masks, 5,000 goggles and 5,000 pairs of medical gloves.