OCHA: Libya with highest COVID-19 reproduction rate in North Africa

OCHA: Libya with highest COVID-19 reproduction rate in North Africa

December 16, 2020 - 12:27
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has confirmed that Libya has the highest COVID-19 reproduction rate among the North African countries.

The UN organization warned in an official report that the spread of the disease in Libya is high compared with its neighbouring countries, due to the ongoing conflict and the internal security, political and economic crisis.

"The World Health Organization (WHO) and leading medical and health institutions have urged the world to "Stay Home, Save Lives" in an effort to combat the pandemic. Unfortunately, this is a luxury for 392,000 Libyans who are still displaced," the OCHA said.

The report indicated that out of every 1,000 people in Libya, 13 have had Covid-19, which is the most critical rate in the region.

The UN organization owed the worsening of the situation to the lack of basic services, including the continuous power cuts that affect water supply for over a third of the Libyan population in the northwest parts of the country, which makes it harder for people to stick to the necessary measures.