TRIPOLI, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Libya's National Center for Disease Control announced on Saturday that 1,700 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, a six-month high.
According to the center, the country's death toll has crossed 5,900, with a total caseload of more than 403,000.
The number of cases per 100,000 people in the capital Tripoli has topped 300 in a week, suggesting that the epidemic has entered its fourth wave, according to the center. With a population of more than 1.1 million people, Tripoli is the most densely populated city in Libya.
The number of people infected with the coronavirus in the country has increased by 31 percent compared to that of last week, the center said, adding 335 people were hospitalized this week.
On Dec. 29, 2021, Libyan health authorities announced that they identified the country's first cases of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.