Libyan government announces partial curfew from 6pm to 6am in hotspots and continues vaccination drive due to increased rate of coronavirus infections
By Sami Zaptia.
London, 26 July 2021:
The Libyan government announced a partial curfew yesterday from 6pm to 6 am but left it to the Health Ministry to nominate on health grounds in which cities or towns it will be imposed.
The decision has sown confusion with the Health Ministry saying it is not within its competencies to announce curfews, but to give medical advice on when curfews should be imposed – by the government.
The Health Ministry did, however, request on Saturday the declaration of a health emergency in the country, to activate the mechanisms to combat the epidemic in accordance with the law.
The curfew decision was announced by prime minister Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba during the government’s first cabinet meeting (the fifth of the year) to be held in Sebha yesterday, and comes on the back of rising rates of Coronavirus infections.
Launch of Tripoli extraordinary vaccination campaign
The curfew announcement also followed on from the launch of the extraordinary vaccination campaign on Saturday against the Coronavirus in the major municipalities of Tripoli. The campaign had started previously in other coastal cities such as Misrata that were experiencing increased rates of infections.
The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said the Tripoli vaccination campaign is targeting all citizens and residents in the municipalities of Tripoli in an attempt to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. The campaign is targeting forty thousand doses as a first stage, it added.
Vaccination rates and registrations
Speaking at the Sebha cabinet meeting, Health Minister Ali Zanati revealed that out of the total 1,281,052 vaccines received by Libya, only 40 percent (530,808) had been administered to patients. He said over a million other doses are expected from four different suppliers – but gave no dates.
Over 900,000 Libyans had registered for vaccinations on the online system, but only 4,700 non-citizens.
The latest Coronavirus cases and vaccinations
Meanwhile, the latest National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) figures reported today read as follows:
|Total number of people vaccinated||532,423|
|Total number of Coronavirus cases||236,961|
|Total number of recovered cases||187,221|
|Total number of active cases||46,342|
|Total number of deaths||3,398|
|Total number of tests conducted over last 24 hours||11,041|
|Rate of infection||31.8 percent|