COVID-19 : “It would take at least two years to develop herd immunity against virus” (Mekki)
13/05/2020 15:56, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Developing a herd immunity against the coronavirus pandemic will not take place before two to three years in the absence of a vaccine against this virus, Health Minister Abdellatif Mekki said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the first field hospital of its kind in Tunisia destined to COVID-19 patients, Mekki pointed out that the disease will last until next year. A new wave of the virus is also expected next fall or next winter, he added.

"We share Tunisians' happiness for not recording any infection over the last three days,» the minister said, «yet, we have not got over the critical stage of the virus,» he added.

«It is going to take at least 40 days, twice the incubation period of the virus without recording any new infection to be able to say that Tunisia passed this period,» the minister stressed.

The strategy embraced by the Health Ministry against the spread COVID-19 requires the commitment of all Tunisian citizens to the prevention health measures.

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