The Corona virus in Tunisia continues to claim thousands of lives in a record, with the death toll – according to the Ministry of Health – exceeding 11,000, amid fears launched by doctors about the imminent collapse of the health system and the inability of hospitals to absorb patients.
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One of the nurses, who refused to reveal her identity, does not hide her dissatisfaction with the government’s leaving the medical and paramedical framework to face their fate in front of the record high number of urgent cases of Corona victims arriving at the hospital.
She tells Al-Jazeera Net that she and her colleagues face death every moment in the absence of the most basic elements of protection from infection, as well as her daily fears that she will transmit the virus to her family and children.
The head of the emergency department in this hospital, Dr. Rafik Boujdaria, confirms to Al-Jazeera Net that the British strain is now the most prevalent among Tunisians, which explains the steady increase in the number of deaths and overcrowding.
Boujdaria also points out that the pressure on the four Covid departments in the hospital has witnessed a continuous increase for days, stressing that the age group of patients in the resuscitation departments is no longer limited to the elderly, but exceeded it for those between 30 and 35 years of age who were infected with the mutated virus.
He added, “We receive daily in the emergency department about 15 oxygen-needing cases, and the daily death rate is between 3 and 4 people, and we have also warned that the hospital is unable to absorb Covid-19 patients.”
Figures for the Ministry of Health in Tunisia indicate that the number of deaths from the Coronavirus on May 3 reached 101 deaths in one day, which raised the total death toll to 11,117 people.