Asharq Al-awsat English Middle-east and International News and Opinion from Asharq Al-awsat Newspaper

In One Day: More Than 100 Coronavirus-Related Deaths in Tunisia

In One Day: More Than 100 Coronavirus-Related Deaths in Tunisia

Thursday, 6 May, 2021 - 07:15
A Tunisian receives a dose of the coronavirus vaccine (dpa)

Tunisia has reported 1,405 new coronavirus cases and more than 100 deaths, which indicates that the third wave continues.

The death toll from the virus rose by 101 to 11,016 in the country, the Tunisian Health Ministry said in a statement.

A week ago, Tunisia saw the highest-ever number of coronavirus-related deaths, 119.

The occupation of resuscitation and oxygen beds reached 90 percent and 70 percent respectively on May 3, the Ministry reported.

On its Facebook page, it tallied 512 patients in the ICU and 177 patients on ventilators.

Since the start of the national vaccination campaign on March 13, a total of 425,000 Tunisians received the vaccines, with more than 103,000 receiving the two doses.

The campaign is progressing at a slow pace, making it challenging to vaccinate around 5.5 persons this year (which is half the population).

Member of the Tunisian Scientific Committee Dr. Amanullah Al-Masadi said the Committee recommended a 2-day curfew on Eid al-Fitr.

The Committee further suggested a curfew among cities as of May 8, in addition to preventing gatherings and celebrations of all kinds, he added.

Masadi stressed that these restrictive measures aim to reduce the spread of the pandemic.

Editor Picks