Tunisia reports new 2,820 COVID-19 cases

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Healthcare workers conduct free PCR checks for Covid-19 on Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis, Tunisia, on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. Tunisia will receive a first batch of 2 million Pfizer vaccine doses in 2Q 2021, TAP agency reported, citing Hechmi Louzir, director general of Pasteur Institute. Photographer: Amira Karaoud/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Healthcare workers conduct free PCR checks for Covid-19 on Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis, Tunisia, on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. Tunisia will receive a first batch of 2 million Pfizer vaccine doses in 2Q 2021, TAP agency reported, citing Hechmi Louzir, director general of Pasteur Institute. Photographer: Amira Karaoud/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Tunisia recorded 2,820 new confirmed coronavirus cases, the health ministry said on Wednesday, a record since the start of the pandemic last year.

70 more deaths were reported, taking the death toll to more than 5,000, the ministry added.

The total number of cases has jumped to around 150,000.

Tunisia banned travel between the country’s regions, and extended a curfew in October, as it tried to contain a rapid surge of COVID-19 cases with hospitals nearly full.

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