COVID-19 epidemic situation in Tunisia still alarming: health official

2021-05-28 21:56:11 GMT2021-05-29 05:56:11(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

TUNIS, May 28 (Xinhua) -- A senior health official of Tunisia said on Friday that the COVID-19 epidemic situation in the country is still alarming with more than 50 deaths per day and over 600 in intensive care units, Tunis Afrique Presse reported.

"The (health) ministry is preparing for a possible fourth wave of COVID-19," said Faysal Ben Salah, director general of health at the health ministry.

With regards to the COVID-19 vaccination, he said the vaccines offer immunity for eight months, adding scientific data suggest a possibility of administering a third dose.

Tunisia reported on Friday 1,702 new COVID-19 cases and 62 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total infections to 341,952 and the death toll to 12,513, according to the health ministry.

So far, 597,677 people in Tunisia have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while 278,131 both doses, according to the ministry 's latest data. Enditem