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Tunisia’s COVID-19 Cases Near 10,000

Tunisia’s COVID-19 Cases Near 10,000

Monday, 21 September, 2020 - 06:15
Empty sunbathing chairs are seen on a beach near the Hasdrubal Hotel in Hammamet, Tunisia, on March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

Tunisia recorded Sunday its highest daily rise in coronavirus cases since the outbreak in the country on March 2, after reporting 626 COVID-19 infections.

The Ministry of Health said the total number of confirmed cases in Tunisia has reached 9,736, and 2,386 patients have recovered from the virus, while 155 others have died.

Director of the National Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases Nissaf Ben Alaya revealed that the total number of patients in intensive care is 55 while 18 are on ventilators.

The capital Tunis has the highest tally of cases (1,520) followed by Ben Arous that recorded 1,183 cases, then Gabes with 1,114 cases and Sousse (943).

On Sep. 17, a total of 16 deaths were recorded in 24 hours, marking the highest daily death rate and bringing the total to 155 patients who have died from complications caused by the disease.

As for the medical research carried out by Pasteur Institute and a potential vaccine, the institute’s director, Hashemi Al-Wazi, revealed that a group of Tunisian experts are working on a vaccine that might be ready in Nov.

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