Tunisia’s coronavirus deaths may reach 7,000

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TUNIS, TUNISIA - SEPTEMBER 03: Tunisia's 16th Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi arrives to attend the government handover ceremony at Carthage Palace in the capital Tunis, Tunisia on September 03, 2020. Mechichi's Cabinet won a vote of confidence yesterday. A total of 134 deputies voted in favor and 67 against forming the government in voting held at the parliament. (Photo by Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
TUNIS, TUNISIA – SEPTEMBER 03: Tunisia’s 16th Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi arrives to attend the government handover ceremony at Carthage Palace in the capital Tunis, Tunisia on September 03, 2020. Mechichi’s Cabinet won a vote of confidence yesterday. A total of 134 deputies voted in favor and 67 against forming the government in voting held at the parliament. (Photo by Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi said on Monday that the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in the country may reach 6,000-7,000, describing the health situation as “very dangerous”.

Coronavirus cases have been rising quickly in Tunisia, which had managed to contain the virus earlier this year, and have now reached 70,000 cases and 1,900 deaths in a country of 11.5 million.

Medical sources told Reuters intensive care units in most state hospitals had reached maximum capacity.

The government imposed a night curfew this month and banned travel between cities to slow a second wave of the pandemic.

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