Libya has become part of countries affected by the deadly COVID-19 after confirming the first case on Wednesday.
With an announcement by the UN-backed government about the pandemic virus, the outbreak could overwhelm the war-torn country because its health care system is already weakened.
Due to poor health facilities, many countries across the Middle East have sought to slow the increase of cases by limiting the movements of hundreds of millions of people.
The index in Libya is a 73-year-old man, who crossed into the country from neighboring Tunisia on March 5. The patient had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia. According to the National Center for Disease Control, the patient who is a Libyan is receiving medical treatment for his fever and cough in isolation at a Tripoli hospital.
The confirmation of Libya’s first case is coming three weeks after the patient’s arrival in the country. This poses a test for its fragile medical system.