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Intensive care units in Tunisian state hospitals reach 80% of capacity

Intensive care units in Tunisian state hospitals reach 80% of capacity

BEDS in intensive care units (ICU) in Tunisian public hospitals are about 80% full as COVID-19 cases surge, the health minister has said, calling the situation "critical". Tunisia has just 181 ICU beds, of which 145 are now being used by patients, Fouzi Mehdi told reporters. Coronavirus cases have been rising fast in Tunisia, which had managed to contain the virus earlier this year, and have now reached 45,000 cases and 740 deaths. The government imposed a curfew this month in the capital to slow a second wave of the pandemic. But Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi said he will not…
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Tunisia runs out of intensive care beds

Tunisia runs out of intensive care beds

TUNISIAN hospitals have run out of intensive care beds amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, a member of the independent scientific committee that advises the government said yesterday. Amenallah Messadi told Reuters the health system had been pushed to the point of collapse by a rise in cases driven by the more infectious coronavirus variant first detected in Britain. The scientific committee was considering whether to recommend another border closure to avoid the spread of another variant first detected in Brazil, he added. Tunisia briefly closed its borders during the first wave of the virus. "The situation is very critical,…
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