Tunisia reports 346 imported COVID-19 cases after reopening of borders

Source: Xinhua| 2020-08-06 00:17:22|Editor: huaxia

TUNIS, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Since June 27 when Tunisia reopened borders to tourists, a total of 346 imported COVID-19 cases and 66 local cases have been identified across the country, local authorities said Wednesday.

The figure was announced by Nissaf Ben Alaya, director general of the National Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases, at a press conference held at the Ministry of Health.

Ben Alaya said over 39 percent of people who died in Tunisia from COVID -19 were over the age of 65.

"We must be more vigilant and respect health and safety protocols while ensuring the disinfection of the premises in order to prevent the spread of the virus," she said.

Ben Alaya stressed that the country "will no longer support a new confinement which has a significant psychological and economic impact."

On Tuesday Tunisia reported 19 new confirmed cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 1,584.

The ministry added that 51 patients have died from the coronavirus and 1,227 patients have recovered. Enditem