Coronavirus in Libya: few confirmed cases but the prospects look bleak

So far, Libya has only 61 confirmed cases of Covid-19 but limited capacity for testing means an unknown number of infections are going undetected. At the same time, Libya faces a series of additional problems that make tackling the virus more difficult.

The country is now in its ninth year of internal conflict and, in the words of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), growing levels of insecurity, political fragmentation and weak governance have led to a deterioration of basic…