The UN-backed Libyan Government on Wednesday announced its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The case is a 73-year-old man, who crossed into Libya from neighbouring Tunisia on March 5. The Libyan patient had recently travelled to Saudi Arabia, according to the National Centre for Disease Control, and is receiving medical treatment for his fever and cough in isolation at a Tripoli hospital.
According to reports the confirmation of Libya’s first case, three weeks after the patient’s arrival in the country, is a major threat to the health of the nation. As the novel coronavirus pandemic slowly spreads in Africa, many African countries have sought to slow the increase of cases by limiting the movements of hundreds of millions of people.