Najjar: Coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through Tripoli, Misrata and the south

Najjar: Coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through Tripoli, Misrata and the south

August 10, 2020 - 20:14
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Director of the Center for Disease Control, Badr Al-Din Al-Najjar

The Head of the Libyan National Center for Disease Control Badr Al-Deen Najjar said the pandemic situation in Libya is escalating especially in Tripoli and Misrata as well as the southern region.

He said Coronavirus has swept through most Tripoli areas including Abu Salim, Hay Al-Andalus, and Souq Al-Jumua, adding to Tanasuh TV channel, that Misrata cases are remarkably increasing as are the numbers of cases in need for intensive medical care.

He also said the arrival of PCR test devices had helped run tests in samples that were awaiting results over the last couple of days, alluding also to the issue of power outages that are slowing down their laboratory work.

Najjar said they hadn't yet reached the number of tests needed amid the spread of Coronavirus, saying they should do 10.000 tests a day while they are actually doing 1000 to 1500 tests in eight laboratories.

He said Covid-19 cases reached over 5000 and deaths over 100. He called for more strict intensive medical care and social awareness as well as teams working on early detection of Covid-19 patients to help isolate them to limit the spread, adding that total curfews aren't useful as people aren't abiding by the rules and the security apparatuses aren't cooperating as they lack the needed preparedness.

On Sunday, Libya recorded 309 new cases - 109 new ones and 200 who contacted previous cases - bringing the cases to 5541, while deaths reached 120 after recording 9 new ones. Recoveries amounted to 710 after 19 new ones recovered Sunday.