Tunis/Tunisia — The national rate of COVID-19 cases has reached 203 cases per 100,000 residents, while 4 governorates are seeing a large outbreak of the virus, namely Kairouan, Zaghouan, Siliana and Beja, Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi said Tuesday.
He was speaking at a press conference on the evolution of the epidemic situation in Tunisia.
Mehdi pointed out that other governorates also witness significant rise in cases; they are Sidi Bouzid, Kasserine and Manouba. They «require more rigorous measures to break the chain of infection,» he added.
According to a study carried out by the Health Ministry, the high number of COVID-19 cases and deaths is due to the weakness of the immune system in these regions, compared to the general immunity rate, which is about 30%, he noted.
«The UK variant is still the most prevalent in Tunisia according to the results of sequencing operations, he indicated, adding Indian variant Delta has not been detected.