NCDC: The epidemiological situation is continuing to worsen in Libya

Libya's National Centre for Disease Control stated that the situation in Libya continues to worsen with increase number of cases daily as well as delays in achieving herd immunity

Libya’s Ministry of Health called for a state of emergency to be declared and tighter restrictions to be implemented to control the spread of the virus. [Photo: NCDC]
Abdel Basset Samieu, Director of the National Centre for Disease Control’s Department of Vaccinations, acknowledged that the epidemiological situation in the western and southern areas remained serious and concerning.

The NCDC official issued a statement urging Eastern Region authorities to properly prepare and equip the isolation centres, as well as supply oxygen and other medical equipment.

According to Samieu, what was occurring in Zliten and the fact that 300 samples had been received by labs suggested that daily casualties might be as high as 3000 cases in Zliten, as well as Misrata, Khoms, Zwara, Zawiya, Tripoli, and other places.

Abdel Basset Samieu, Director of the Department of Vaccinations, said that 500 thousand doses of Sputnik V will be given immediately as soon as the Food and Medicine Control Service approved it, and would be used in all areas of Libya to boost individual and communal immunity.

Samieu added that the second dose was contingent on the availability of large quantities of vaccinations and that giving the first dose was far more important than giving the second dose, with 100,000 doses of Russian vaccinations expected to arrive soon, allowing them to give the second dose to citizens.

“Positive instances in the three days before Eid were reported between 275 and 258, but numbers rose during Eid in the lack of usual cooperation by people with preventive measures,” he added.

Samieu emphasized that the Department of Vaccinations wants to vaccinate as many Libyans as possible to combat the coronavirus.

An investigation into the delay of the second dose of Sputnik V was opened by the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) of the Government of National Unity.

The ACA urged the Prime Minister to take prompt measures to combat the epidemic and accept responsibility for keeping all Libyans safe.

The Sputnik V vaccine, Russia’s response to Covid-19, comes in two doses, and although many Libyans have gotten their first dosage, most have yet to get their second, despite months having elapsed since the first shipment was delivered.

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