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Libya steps up Tripoli jab drive as virus caseload rises

Daily reported cases have reached several thousand in the past week, in a country with a population of around seven million.

AFP , Saturday 24 Jul 2021
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A man receives a dose of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at a make-shift vaccination and testing centre erected at the Martyrs' Square of Libya's capital Tripoli on July 24, 2021. (Photo by AFP)
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Libyan authorities on Saturday stepped up their vaccination campaign around the capital Tripoli, as coronavirus cases rise across the country.

The health ministry has set up temporary centres in six districts of the capital, and AFP journalists saw long queues outside the tents on Saturday morning.

"The campaign will continue until all the available doses are used," doctor Rawad Behelille told AFP in central Tripoli.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah issued a decree instructing cafes and restaurants to close due to rising infections, while also suspending university lectures and weddings.

Daily reported cases have reached several thousand in the past week, in a country with a population of around seven million.

Libya has recorded over 229,600 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, including over 3,340 deaths.

Fewer than 500,000 people have been vaccinated since the war-torn country's inoculation campaign started in April.

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