The country’s ministry of justice yesterday, Sunday, March 29th, freed over 450 inmates in a bid to prevent the wide spread of coronavirus.
The detainees were in pre-trial detention or qualified for conditional release, said the Tripoli-based government of National Accord’s justice ministry.
Authorities announced that other measures to reduce the overpopulated prisoners in the prison will commence.
The country has recorded 8 cases of the coronavirus pandemic, when its first case was recorded in the country on Tuesday, now rising to a total of 8.
Libya has been plagued by conflict since the 2011 overthrow of former dictator Moamer Kadhafi and since April 2019, forces loyal to eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar have been fighting to seize the capital that has killed hundreds and displaced 150,000 people.
If the COVID-19 pandemic spreads in Libya, the country’s health care system won’t be able to cope with large numbers of patients, the Libya researcher Hanan Salah stated.
Preventive measures have been put in place to curb the spread of the virus in Libya, including shutting down schools, some businesses, markets and some private clinics.
Also there have been extended curfews from 2pm -7am, beginning today, Monday 30th, March.