WHO: Libya still in “high incidence of community transmission” with Coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report on the Coronavirus situation that Libya remains classified under the high incidence of community transmission (CT3) with Alpha, Beta and Delta Variants of Concern (VOC) circulation.

WHO said that at the national level, Libya reported a declining trend in cases and COVID-19 testing compared with September, increasing the number of deaths notably in the East region.

“However, it is essential to note that there is still an ongoing high incidence of community transmission (CT3) in all districts in the country based on case incidence and positivity rates. Decreasing testing numbers and high positivity rates show districts’ limited capacity, especially in the South Region, to respond to the current level of transmission at the district level, thereby leading to low case incidence with high positivity rates. West and South followed the national trend while East reported an increasing trend of deaths.” WHO indicated.

The overall number of new cases reported in October shows a 45% decrease (16,873 cases) compared to September, with West reporting a 43% decrease in new patients. Conversely, the East reported a 39% decrease, and the South had an 85% decrease in cases.

“In October, the number of new deaths (458) showed a 14% increase. As a result, the mortality rate for October increased from 5.9 to 6.7 deaths per 100,000 cases, with a case fatality rate of 2.7%. Compared to September, West reported a 10% decrease in deaths for the reporting week, East (49% increase) and 40% decrease reported in South (- see table 1). However, the East experienced high mortality per 100,000 population (13.8) and greater disease severity (CFR=7.3) than West and South for October.” WHO added.


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