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Tunisia's COVID-19 Deaths Surpass 3,000

Tunisia's COVID-19 Deaths Surpass 3,000

Saturday, 28 November, 2020 - 10:00
Tunisians wearing protective masks in Tunis (File photo: AP)

Tunisia’s coronavirus deaths surpassed 3,000 after recording 51 new cases on November 25, the country's Health Ministry reported.

The Ministry recorded 1,168 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country's total number of infections to 92,475, while the number of recoveries rose to 67,435.

Up to 1,451 patients are currently receiving treatment in hospitals, with 290 in intensive care and 128 on ventilators, a number of sources said.

The National Anti-Coronavirus Committee continues to implement measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, in addition to forming subcommittees to study carrying out possible measures according to each economic and social sector.

Authorities also stressed the importance of maintaining currently-imposed preventive measures, including night curfew and the ban on movement between states.

The pandemic forecasting system predicted that the country will not overcome the peak of coronavirus infections until the end of next month, indicating that the preventive measures and lockdowns can’t be lifted, pending the epidemiological situation.

In this regard, Director of the Pasteur Institute Hashemi al-Wazir explained that the health authorities seek to vaccinate 20 to 50 percent of the population, with a priority to the vulnerable groups, including citizens who suffer from chronic diseases, the elderly, pregnant women, and medical staff.

The number of Tunisians infected with the coronavirus reached 12 percent of the population, and the infection rate during the last two weeks is estimated at 135 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Meanwhile, Tunisia announced easing COVID-19 restrictions for organized tourist trips, in an effort to support the crumbling sector.

The Ministry of Tourism announced the country’s decision to lift a mandatory 14-day COVID-19 quarantine requirement for tourists arriving in the country on scheduled commercial flights as part of organized tours.

Travelers will need to provide a negative PCR test result, which must be received no earlier than 72 hours before the start of check-in for the flight.

Passengers will be required to follow health protocol rules, such as maintaining social distance, sterilization, and wearing masks.

The new measures seek to help the tourism sector after the great losses it incurred amid a drop in revenues which exceeded 60 percent until last September, compared to the same period in 2019.

The health crisis, coupled with the lockdowns, affected employment in tourism sector, which has about 400,000 workers.

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