Authorities recorded 205 new deaths as hospitals struggled with lack of oxygen supplies and vaccinations remained low.
Tunisia has recorded its highest number of COVID-19 deaths each day since the beginning of the pandemic since the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads and the availability of vaccines remains low.
The country’s health ministry said 205 deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours and 6,787 new cases.
Record deaths have come amid imminent questions about Tunisia’s ability to stem a new wave of infections as intensive care units are full and hospitals are struggling with a lack of oxygen supply.
Last week, the health ministry warned that the health system had “fell”Amid a significant influx of patients into hospitals. “The boat is sinking,” said Health Minister Nisaf Ben Alaya, calling on Tunisians to join forces in the fight against the pandemic.
The situation is exacerbated by the slow pace of the vaccination campaign in Tunisia, where only about 13 percent of people have received at least one dose of a two-shot vaccine, according to Our World Data.
The country of 12 million people has so far recorded 533,274 cases and 17,214 deaths, according to an account by Johns Hopkins University.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday that Tunisia was the country with the highest coronavirus mortality rate per capita in the Middle East region and Africa.
The global health agency has also expressed concern about the potentialcatastrophic consequencesLike next week the countries of the region will mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which traditionally includes religious and social gatherings where infections could spread.
Overall, the Eastern Mediterranean region is currently experiencing an increase in cases after an eight-week drop in cases and deaths, the WHO said.
In addition to Tunisia, there have been significant increases in COVID-19 cases in Libya, Iran and Iraq, with strong rises expected in Lebanon and Morocco.