COVID-19 puts Libya’s health service in danger of collapse

Libya has so far avoided the worst of the coronavirus, with just 17 confirmed cases.
But with a war raging, the health service could be in danger of complete collapse if the virus spreads.
There is now a race to get more equipment into hospitals to help cope with any major outbreak.

Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdelwahed reports from Tripoli.

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