Tunisia’s total COVID-19 cases exceed 40,000

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TUNIS, TUNISIA - SEPTEMBER 15: An official disinfects a school on the first day as schools are reopened with health protocols after closure due to coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic in Sidi Husain of Tunis, Tunisia on September 15, 2020. (Photo by Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
TUNIS, TUNISIA – SEPTEMBER 15: An official disinfects a school on the first day as schools are reopened with health protocols after closure due to coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic in Sidi Husain of Tunis, Tunisia on September 15, 2020. (Photo by Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Tunisian Health Ministry on Saturday night reported 5,752 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections to 40,542 including 626 deaths in the country.

The ministry recorded 901 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, said a ministry statement.

A total of 297,513 lab tests have been carried out by Oct. 16, of which 13.6 percent proved positive, according to the statistical document of the ministry.

Several provinces in the country have declared a nighttime curfew to curb the spread of the pandemic

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