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Tunisia reports highest daily deaths from COVID-19 - 317 deaths

Tunisian Miftah family members, Surgeon Ali Miftah (C) and his wife Doctor Emel Sawa (L) and their daughter Maryam Miftah (R) with other volunteer doctors continue to fight against Covid-19 pandemic at a 80-beds field hospital which was built by the efforts of Miftah family and volunteer doctors in Kairouan City, Tunisia on June 30, 2021 [Yassine Gaidi / Anadolu Agency]
Tunisian Miftah family members, Surgeon Ali Miftah (C) and his wife Doctor Emel Sawa (L) and their daughter Maryam Miftah (R) with other volunteer doctors continue to fight against Covid-19 pandemic at a 80-beds field hospital which was built by the efforts of Miftah family and volunteer doctors in Kairouan City, Tunisia on June 30, 2021 [Yassine Gaidi / Anadolu Agency]

Tunisia recorded 317 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, a daily record since the start of the pandemic, the health ministry said on Saturday, reported Reuters.

The ministry also reported 5,624 new cases, increasing concerns about the country's ability to fight the pandemic, with intensive care units in hospitals completely full and a lack of oxygen supplies. The vaccination campaign is moving slowly.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the daily COVID-19 death tally in Tunisia is now the highest in Africa and in the Arab world.

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The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic has reached about 560,000, with more than 18,300 deaths, out of a total population of 11.6 million.

This month several European and Arab countries have sent medical aid and more than three million doses of vaccine to help Tunisia tackle the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

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