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Work resumption: Tunisia not to require 2nd test for recovered COVID-19 patients

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Doctors will issue recovery certificates for cured COVID-19 patients so that they can resume work, Hechmi Louzir, Director General, Pasteur Institute of Tunis (IPT), said on Thurday.

During a news conference held in capital Tunis, Louzir clarified that recovered cases of the coronavirus will no longer be required to carry out another test to resume their work.

“Scientific studies have shown that in 10 days after the first positive test result, an asymptomatic case is completely cured and is no longer contaminating,’’ the health official said.

“For symptomatic cases, three days after the disappearance of the symptoms, mainly fever, the subject is completely cured,’’ he added.

There are 19 laboratories under the Ministry of Health and 33 laboratories in the private sector which are authorised to perform tests on symptomatic subjects and close contacts, according to Louzir.

Tunisian Health Ministry  reported 2,312 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections to 24,542 with 364 deaths in the country.

“The number of hospitalised COVID-19 patients reached 452 including 124 in intensive care units and 54 others are mechanically ventilated,’’ said a ministry’s statement.

A total of 256,667 lab tests have been carried out by Oct. 5, of which 9.6 percent proved positive, according to the ministry.

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Edited By: Halima Sheji/Emmanuel Yashim)
Source: NAN

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