Filipino nurse in Libya tests positive for COVID-19

Robie de Guzman

The Philippine Embassy in Libya on Monday reported its first case of Filipino to have contracted novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The embassy said the patient is a 47-year old Filipino emergency room nurse in Tripoli, who most likely got exposed to the virus while on duty.

“Our kababayan got infected while in the line of duty the same way the approximately 1,000 other Filipino nurses and hospital workers are putting themselves at risk serving the people of their adopted country—Libya,” the embassy said in a statement.

It added that the Filipino nurse is part of the 36 new COVID-19 cases in Libya on Monday.

Libya has so far recorded 434 cases of coronavirus infections, with 10 fatalities and 63 recoveries.

The Philippine embassy has renewed its call on concerned Libyan authorities to ensure the well-being of Filipino health workers in their country by providing them with proper personal protective equipment to allow them to effectively and safely do their jobs.

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