Political divisions in Libya’s epicentre impede the fight against Covid-19


Since the Libyan Arab Armed Forces took control of the southern region on 15 January 2019, the southwestern capital Sebha has continued to deal with several crises, including the most recent outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The first coronavirus case was recorded on 26 May and only some days later the National Centre for Disease Control announced a dramatic increase to 84 cases and one death. All the recorded cases are inhabitants of Sebha and so far it has been sufficient for many of them to quarantine at home as their health condition is stable. While three critical cases are receiving treatment at the recently opened Abdul Rahman al-Barakuli Centre located in the Thanawiyyah District, Sebha’s Medical Centre only remains open for treating non-coronavirus medical conditions.