Libya Reports Highest Daily Increase in Coronavirus Cases


On Sunday, the Libyan National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 26 new cases, the highest daily surge since the beginning of the pandemic. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 156.

In its latest statement, the NCDC said that it had received a batch of 475 suspected cases, of which 449 tested negative to the deadly virus.

The NCDC noted that the new positive tally included:

1) 14 persons who had been in contact with infected cases from Sebha.
2) 3 new cases in Sebha.
3) 1 person who was in contact with a returnee from Turkey.
4) 8 new cases from nationals who have recently returned from Saudi Arabia.

It pointed out that two patients have successfully recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 52.

The city of Sebha, in southern Libya, has recorded a spike in the number of infections in the past few days.

Libya currently has 99 active cases under medical observation, 52 successful recoveries and 5 deaths.

Several Arab countries have tightened restrictions on movement, and travel with the aim of curbing the spread of the virus.

Trillions of dollars have been pledged in economic stimulus packages around the world to reduce the economic repercussions of the crisis.