Tunisia receives medical aid from Qatar amid surge of COVID-19 cases

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A healthcare personnel receives the first dose of the Sputnik V coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine in El Menzah Sports Palace turned into a hospital as vaccination Campaign begins in Tunis, Tunisia on March 13, 2021. (Photo by Chedly Ben Ibrahim/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A healthcare worker receives the first dose of the Sputnik V coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine in Tunis, Tunisia on March 13, 2021. (Photo by Chedly Ben Ibrahim/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Tunisia received on Friday a Qatari donation of medical equipment in addition to a field hospital with 200 beds and 100 artificial respirators, announced the Tunisian government in a statement.

“This field hospital will be installed as soon as possible in the province of Ben Arous in the southern suburb of the capital in order to take care of COVID-19 patients and try to curb the spread of the pandemic in this region,” the statement quoted the Secretary General of the government Walid Dhahbi as saying.

The Qatari ambassador to Tunisia Saad Bin Nasser Hamidi expressed the common will shared between the officials of the two countries “to promote bilateral relations especially in this period of pandemic.”

The total number of COVID-19 cases rose to 473,229 in Tunisia on Thursday after 8,315 new cases were added, while the death toll from the virus increased by 126 to 15,861.

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