A woman receives the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, July 11, 2021. (AP Photo)
Health officials say Libya has seen an unprecedented spike in coronavirus cases amid a slow vaccination program and concerns about the highly infectious delta variant.
The number of new cases in the oil-rich country has risen more than six times since July 1, according to daily figures from Libya's National Center for Disease Control.
'We are facing an unprecedented situation,'' said Tareq Gibrael, a senior physician at the center. 'The constantly rising curve of new cases shows that we are bracing for a third wave, especially now that the delta variant is spreading in neighboring countries. We are in a very tough position.''
On Saturday, the North African country recorded 2,854 new cases, up from 719 a week earlier. So far, Libya has recorded more than 200,000 total cases, including 3,232 deaths. The actual figures are believed to be much higher given the scarcity of testing and the depletion of the country's health care system after almost a decade of civil war.