Tunisia’s Health Ministry announced that the rate of coronavirus recoveries in the country has exceeded 71 percent, with 69,624 from the confirmed 96,251 infections.
It registered on Monday 1,271 new cases and 66 deaths, taking the toll to 3,219.
This rate of infection and deaths is expected to continue at the same pace during the coming period, based on the figures and indicators provided by the ministry, specialists said.
The government will cover the costs of treatment of 1,466 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, sources revealed. Currently, 299 patients are in the intensive care units (ICUs) in both private and state hospitals, while 129 patients are on ventilators.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Chahed, specialist in epidemiology and preventive medicine, expected the outbreak to persist in Tunisia until 2022.
In remarks to the press, he said that the authorities’ measures to contain the outbreak are still very weak, predicting that the country will witness a surge in deaths.
Chahed urged Tunisians to abide by the health protocols, such as wearing masks and respecting social distance rules, to reduce the chances of being infected.
He slammed people’s disregard of the precautions, warning that if the rate of commitment remains at 30 and 40 percent, the outbreak will not be curbed anytime soon.