Tunisia’s COVID-19 cases near 1,000

Tunisian Health Minister Abdellatif Mekki

The Tunisian Ministry of Health confirmed on Tuesday eight new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number to 975.

Following a total of 396 lab tests in the last 24 hours, 16 cases tested positive, of which eight were new cases and eight were previously confirmed cases who were still infected with this virus, according to the ministry’s daily epidemiological report.

“Some 21,477 lab tests have been carried out since March 2, the date of the first positive case in Tunisia,” said the ministry.

The ministry added that 40 patients have died from the coronavirus, 279 patients have recovered, and 76 others are still hospitalized including 17 in the intensive care units.