Medenine/coronavirus: 51 more cases of infection in less than 2 weeks
09/08/2020 16:16, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- The Medenine governorate, on Sunday, saw four more cases of domestic infection with coronavirus, linked to previous cases, including two in Djerba, one in Zarzis and another case in Medenine.

The total number of infection in less than two weeks therefore stands at 51, taking into account the 27 cases recorded on August 5, 2020, including 26 among Tunisians who returned from Libya and who are currently subject to mandatory quarantine in Djerba.

In a statement to TAP, the official said that the results of tests confirming the latest infections reached the local health department Saturday, out of 90 tests performed daily since the opening of borders.

Amid the increase in the number of infection cases, the Directorate General of Health in Medenine is finding it difficult to transport infected to the National Center of Covid-19 in Monastir, which has delayed the transport of some infected persons.

The latter have been subjected to self-isolation with the risk of transmitting the virus to others.

These difficulties were also behind a dispersion of the efforts of the medical staff of the local health department in Medenine.

El Anz also considered it necessary to find a solution to the situation of African migrants, 8 of whom tested positive for coronavirus and only 2 of whom were taken to centres dedicated to infected persons.

He called for the transport of the 6 infected migrants to the centres in Kef.

He also considered that the opening of a COVID-19 centre in Medenine requires resources that the region does not currently have, urging the Ministry of Public Health to increase the reception capacity of the Monastir centre or to open other centres in other regions.

The island of Djerba was home to a COVID-19 centre, but it was closed following the recovery of all the people infected during the first wave of infection and because of the difficult conditions of stay in it.

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