COVID-19 pandemic: situation update
As of 14 December, the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) reports, 379,816 cumulative COVID-19 cases, including 5,576 death, and 7,157 active cases.
On 7 November, the General Union of Doctors announced a nation-wide strike protesting low wages and working conditions at public health facilities. Although emergency services have continued, the ongoing strike slowed the pace of the vaccination programme. According to the NCDC, as of 14 December, 1,800,442 people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 767,126 are fully vaccinated. Vaccination rates are steadily increasing, while the NCDC also announced that children aged 12 to 17 years are also eligible to receive the vaccination. On 16 November, the government launched the electronic COVID certificate, Tahseen, complete with a QR code for travel purposes. In addition, the NCDC, working in partnership with IOM, started the vaccination campaign targeting migrants and refugees, including those in detention centers. As of 11 December, 7,559 migrants and refugees have received the first dose of the vaccine, while 2,102 individuals are fully vaccinated.
After a decreasing trend since mid-August 2021 in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, case and death incidence rates in the country have begun to plateau. Libya remains classified under the high incidence of community transmission (CT3) with Alpha, Beta and Delta Variants of Concern (VOC) circulation and an adequate level of lab testing capacity at national level. However, there are disparities in testing capacities across the country, which are limited in the East (90/100000 pop) and the South (47/100000 pop), despite positivity rates being considered high at 24 per cent and 41 per cent respectively.