Tunisia’s foreign minister tests positive for COVID-19

NIAMEY, NIGER - NOVEMBER 27: Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) meets with Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad Othman Jerandi (L) within the 47th session of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers, in Niamey, Niger on November 27, 2020. (Photo by Fatih Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
NIAMEY, NIGER – NOVEMBER 27: Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) meets with Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad Othman Jerandi (L) within the 47th session of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers, in Niamey, Niger on November 27, 2020. (Photo by Fatih Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Tunisia’s foreign minister tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.

“My COVID-19 test was positive today, although I complied with health protocols and adhered to all measures,” Othman Jerandi said on Twitter.

He said he had severe symptoms and urged people to protect themselves from the virus.

“This has made me more insistent on the supply of vaccines to protect my country’s people from the pandemic,” he added.

Tunisia has reported more than 197,000 infections and over 6,200 deaths from the virus, according to a tally by US-based Johns Hopkins University. More than 144,000 people have recovered.

The pandemic has claimed more than 2.12 million lives in 192 countries and regions.

Over 99.13 million cases have been reported worldwide, with recoveries over 54.69 million, according to Johns Hopkins.