Tunisia: Covid-19 Crisis Beginning to Ease in Tunisia, As Test Positivity Rate Drops - Souteyrand

Tunis/Tunisia — Representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Tunis Yves Souteyrand, on Monday, pointed to «positive signs» indicating that COVID-19 crisis in the country is beginning to ease.

Some indicators of the epidemic monitoring are positive in Tunisia despite the seriousness of the health situation, he said.

Souteyrand was speaking at a virtual press conference on the epidemic situation in the Middle East region. He indicated the decline in test positivity rate from 35% to 24% in recent days, saying this needs to continue in next weeks.

Tunisia has recorded the highest death rate from COVID-19 in the Arab world and in Africa, he added, deploring the seriousness of the situation, especially with the spread of the Delta variant, which accounts for 90% of cases.

The WHO representative noted that the failure to comply with the health protocol and the slow pace of vaccination, in addition to some people's unwillingness to get vaccinated, have promoted the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Tunisia has received 7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Arab and European countries during the last period and more is expected, he announced.

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