Despite the confirmation of coronavirus cases in Libya, fighting between the forces of the GNA and the LNA around the densely populated capital, Tripoli, continues. With successive ceasefires and calls to cooperate in face of the outbreak failed, there are fears that the fighting could spread the outbreak.
As the coronavirus spreads around the world, a distinct pattern in the stages of the outbreak and responses to it are emerging. Recognising these patterns will be vital in anticipating the direction of the outbreak in the MENA region and the responses to it.
Countries across the MENA region are taking precautions against the spread of Coronavirus in its prison system. The region's prisons tend to uniformly suffer from overcrowding and unsanitary conditions that would allow the virus the spread quickly.
Despite opposition from a number of major Shia blocs, the Prime Minister-Designate of Iraq, Adnan al-Zurfi, appears to be trying to gather support from the remaining Shia, Sunni and Kurdish parties to go ahead with the formation of a government.
Iran confirmed two more deaths among 13 new coronavirus cases,on Friday, while Lebanon and confirmed its first recorded case. Meanwhile, the UAE reported its two new cases of patients contaminated with the virus.