Authorities record 205 new deaths as hospitals struggle with a lack of oxygen supply and vaccines remain low.
Tunisia has recorded the highest number of daily deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, as the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads and vaccine availability remains low.
The country’s health ministry said 205 deaths had been recorded in the past 24 hours and 6,787 new cases.
Record deaths occur amid questions about Tunisia’s ability to curb a new wave of infections as intensive care units fill up and hospitals are struggling with a lack of oxygen supply.
Last week, the health ministry warned that the health system “collapsed”Amid a significant influx of patients into hospitals. “The ship is sinking,” said Health Ministry Nisaf Ben Alaya, who called on Tunisians to join forces in the fight against the pandemic.
The situation is exacerbated by the slow pace of the vaccination campaign in Tunisia, where only 13% of people have received at least one dose of two-shot vaccine, according to Our World in Data.
The country of 12 million people has so far recorded 533,274 cases and 17,214 deaths, according to an account by Johns Hopkins University.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that Tunisia was the country with the highest per capita crown mortality rate in the Middle East region and Africa.
The World Health Agency also expressed concern about the potential “catastrophic consequencesLike next week, countries in the region will mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which traditionally includes religious and social gatherings where infections could spread.
Overall, the eastern Mediterranean region is experiencing an increase in cases after an eight-week decline in cases and deaths, the WHO said.
In addition to Tunisia, there had been significant increases in COVID-19 cases in Libya, Iran and Iraq, with expected sharp rises in Lebanon and Morocco.