2020 coronavirus pandemic in Libya

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Libya
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index caseTripoli
Arrival date24 March 2020
(1 week and 6 days)
Confirmed cases19[1]

This article is about the spread of the coronavirus in Libya, during the 2020 epidemic.

Libya is considered especially vulnerable to the epidemic due to the ongoing Libyan Civil War and dire humanitarian situation.[2]


On 12 January, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, who had initially come to the attention of the WHO on 31 December 2019. This cluster was initially linked to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan City. However, some of those first cases with laboratory confirmed results had no link to the market, and the source of the epidemic is unknown.[3][4]

Unlike SARS of 2003, the case fatality ratio for COVID-19 [5][6] has been much lower, but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[7][5] COVID-19 typically appears with about seven days of flu-like symptoms followed by some people progressing to symptoms of a viral pneumonia requiring admission to hospital.[5] From 19 March, COVID-19 was no longer classified as a "High consequence infectious disease".[6]


March 2020[edit]

On 24 March, Libya confirmed its first COVID-19 case.[2]

A 73-year-old man, who came from Turkey to Tunisia and from Tunisia to Tripoli, eventually recovered after a week.

April 2020[edit]

On 2 April, Libya confirmed its first COVID-19 death. It was an 85-year-old Algerian woman.


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