Sat, 31 Oct 2020

TUNIS, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Tunisian Health Ministry on Sunday reported 786 new COVID-19 cases and 16 more deaths, raising the total number of infections to 15,178 and the death toll to 207 in the country.

"The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients reached 285 including 74 in intensive care units and 31 others are mechanically ventilated," said a ministry statement.

A total of 221,277 lab tests have been carried out by Sept. 25, of which 6.9 percent proved positive, according to the statistical document of the ministry.

Amid rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi said on Saturday that "Tunisia can not return to complete lockdown due to the economic and social situation."

The government is taking the necessary measures to limit the spread of the virus by providing a greater number of hospital beds, increasing the number of lab tests and continuing to raise awareness of the importance of preventive measures, he said.

The Tunisian government has imposed strict preventive measures after the detection of the first coronavirus case in early March.

The North African country has received several batches of medical aid from China since late March to help its fight against the pandemic.

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