The announcement comes as Libya surpassed the 200,000 officially recorded number of Coronavirus cases on Friday and the infection rate of those tested shot up dramatically to 38.2 percent. The latest figures from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) published yesterday show:
Total number of people vaccinated
Total number of Coronavirus cases
Total number of recovered cases
Total number of active cases
Total number of deaths
Total number of tests conducted over last 24 hrs
Total rate of infection
Meanwhile, eight consignments of anti-Coronavirus vaccines have arrived in Libya since the first shipment of Sputnik V arrived on 4 April. It brings the total number of vaccines of the four brands (including Pfizer, Sinovac and AstraZeneca) to arrive in Libya to 781,052 doses.
Libya’s Ministry of Health expects a total of 12 million doses to arrive over time.
Libya’s population is 6.9 million excluding foreigners and illegal migrants, but the government has vowed to vaccinate all present in Libya irrespective of their legal status. On 2 June, the online registration system was opened for non-Libyans.
The Tunisia situation
On 8 July Libya closed its land and air borders with Tunisia for one week and announced that travellers into Libya must now have a negative PCR test no more than 48-hours old. It also closed universities and colleges until after Eid-Al-Adha.
The decision come as Tunisia reported record numbers of Coronavirus cases caused by the spread of the Delta/Indian variant.
The decision would not have been an easy one as Libya and Tunisia now see themselves as interdependent socially, culturally and economically. Any obstruction to the free-flow of goods and passengers will adversely affect both countries – at a time when they are both struggling to – and making huge efforts – to come out of an economic slump.
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