The authorities in Libya have confirmed 10 cases of COVID-19 and one death in the country, raising new fears about the ability of the country’s weakened health services to respond, the UN refugee agency said Friday.

UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch told a virtual press briefing here that one year since the launch of a military offensive in Tripoli of Libya, fighting is further worsening with COVID-19 now bringing new threats.

“The ongoing conflict has severely impacted the country’s health system and medical services, which have limited financial resources and face shortages of basic equipment and medicines,” the spokesperson said.

According to the UNHCR, more than 300 civilians have been killed and 150,000 others displaced from their homes since last April.

“UNHCR echoes the appeal of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urging warring parties across the world to cease their fighting in support of the response to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Baloch said. Enditem

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