TRIPOLI: Libya’s justice ministry announced Sunday over 450 prisoners were being freed in a bid to protect against the spread of coronavirus in the wake of the war-torn country’s first declared infections. Judicial officials decided to “free 466 detainees from correctional facilities” in Tripoli, according to a statement by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord’s justice ministry. Authorities announced five new coronavirus cases in the western city of Misrata on Sunday, bringing the tally of infections confirmed in Libya to eight. Libyan authorities “need to be prepared to limit the spread of the virus in overcrowded detention facilities and shelters for displaced people”, HRW said in a statement. “If the Covid-19 pandemic spreads in Libya, the country’s healthcare system won’t be able to cope with large numbers of patients,” said HRW Libya researcher Hanan Salah.
Source: Libya Today March 29, 2020 23:26 UTC