When compared to April, May (weeks 17-20) had a significant decrease in case incidence and lab testing, with no deaths reported (previous four weeks 13-16). Based on check positive rates and insufficient lab testing, Libya’s transmission classification remained reduced likelihood of population transmission (CT1), with a 1.7 percent test positive rate and an incident frequency of 0.4 case/100,000 inhabitants. Furthermore, Libya’s national lab testing was limited, with only 23 people examined per 100,000 people per week.
Case occurrences are exceedingly low at the local level because to insufficient lab testing. Because Zwara, Almargeb, and Al Jabal al Gharbi have such a high positive rate, the number of reported cases is likely to be a small percentage of the total number of pathogens. As a result, WHO recommends that all administrative levels maintain a lab testing capacity of at least 400 people tested per 100,000 people every week.
In Epi-weeks, 13 COVID-19 facilities (out of 43) submitted 5,196 new lab tests (4,755 PCR and 441 Ag-RDT) (17,18,19,20). Thus, 501,993 (20.0 percent) of the 2,504,707 tests conducted in Libya since the response began have been proven negative for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).
In May, the total number of cases reported fell by 75% (87 cases) from the past 4 weeks, with West claiming a 71 percent drop in new patients. There were no cases reported in the East, and there were 58 percent fewer cases in the South.
There have been no fatalities in the recorded four weeks of May (weeks 17-20).
There was a 36 percent decline in total average testing compared to the previous four weeks, with the West (35 percent decrease), East (45 percent decrease), and South (45 percent decrease) accounting for the majority of the decrease (27 percent decrease). As a result, the West accounted for 90.5 percent (4703) of national testing, compared to only 5.9% (307) and 3.6 percent (186 tests) in the East and South, respectively. (As seen in Table 1) 64 percent of Libyans live in the west, 28 percent live in the east, and 8 percent live in the south.
The overall monthly optimism rate fell to 1.7 percent in May, with monthly positivity rates of 1.7 percent, 0 percent, and 2.7 percent in the West, East, and South, respectively. Positive rates should be kept under 5% in all regions of a country, according to the WHO.