UN / COVID-19 LIBYA UPDATE

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UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that the Organization is “very worried about the confirmation of the first COVID-19 case” in Libya. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 26 MARCH 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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26 MARCH 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“Turning to Libya, of course, we are very worried about the confirmation of the first COVID-19 case in the country. The health and safety of the all the people in Libya, including 345,000 most vulnerable is at risk. A possible outbreak could overwhelm the already stretched humanitarian capacity. The United Nations is supporting the Libyan authorities in the COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts, but funding is urgently required so that its national and UN health sectors response plans can be implemented. Sustaining funding for the Libyan humanitarian response plan for COVID-19 pandemic is critical to ensure that the existing vulnerabilities are not exacerbated, and life-saving needs are addressed. The UN is also alarmed that hostilities have continued in and around Tripoli despite the recently announced humanitarian pause.”

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UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that the Organization is “very worried about the confirmation of the first COVID-19 case” in Libya.

Briefing reporters at a virtual press conference in New York today (26 Mar), Dujarric said, “the health and safety of the all the people in Libya, including 345,000 most vulnerable is at risk. A possible outbreak could overwhelm the already stretched humanitarian capacity.”

He continued, “the United Nations is supporting the Libyan authorities in the COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts, but funding is urgently required so that its national and UN health sectors response plans can be implemented.”

The Spokesperson reiterated , “sustaining funding for the Libyan humanitarian response plan for COVID-19 pandemic is critical to ensure that the existing vulnerabilities are not exacerbated, and life-saving needs are addressed.”

Dujarric also noted that the UN is also “alarmed that hostilities have continued in and around Tripoli despite the recently announced humanitarian pause.”
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