Due to a recent surge in Covid-19 cases in Libya, education authorities have suspended studies at most of the country’s universities and research institutes again until further notice.
“Given the bad epidemiological situation in many Libyan cities, the minister of education issued a decision to continue suspending studies until the end of this month so that the epidemiological situation can be checked by competent committees,” Ali Salem, director of the Communication and Information Office at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, said in a phone call.
Libya’s Cabinet also decided to impose 12-hour lockdowns, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., in some cities, determined by the Ministry of Health, in order to confront the latest wave of the pandemic.
Covid-19 infections in Libya have been rising in recent weeks, with an average of nearly 2,400 new cases reported each day, according to the Reuters Covid-19 Tracker. As of July 28, the total number of cases in Libya since the pandemic began has hit more than 240,000, and more than 3,400 people have died from coronavirus-related causes.
“The epidemic sweeps the university and the city quickly, and the lockdown decision came in response to the poor health situation,” said Samia Abdelhamid, an assistant professor of psychology at Misurata University, who became infected with the virus a few days ago.