COVID: Tunisia sees record-high hospitalisations

'Serious situation', more younger people getting sick

15 April, 11:46

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, APRIL 15 - The epidemiological situation in Tunisia is currently very serious, the director of the National Observatory for New and Emerging Diseases, part of the Tunisia health ministry.

    The official, Nissaf Ben Alaya, noted that a record-high number of hospitalizations had been necessary in the country on April 13: 2,270.

    The previous peak of patients in hospital had been January 26, when 2,210 had been hospitalised for reasons related to COVID-19.

    Of them, 440 were in intensive therapy and 140 required ventilators.

    Tunisia has since the beginning of the spread of the virus recorded 276,727 cases of COVID-19 and 9,480 deaths. However, healthcare services capacity is currently almost exhausted and in some cases facilities are already full, said Hanen Touiri, member of the country's Scientific Committee for the Fight against COVID-19, noting that the age of the patients arriving in hospital was ever lower.

    The national vaccination campaign, which began on March 13, is proceeding slowly.

    According to the Tunisia health ministry, almost 176,000 people have received the first dose of the vaccine and over 8,000 of these received a second dose as well.

    Over a million people have registered on the Evax platform.

    The healthcare authorities have renewed calls to follow regulations to contain the spread of the virus. (ANSAmed).

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