Tunisia’s third COVID-19 wave: Doctors warn of health system collapse
05 May 2021 | 3:02 pm
Hospitals are full, oxygen supplies are low, doctors are exhausted and locals don't trust the government. Why is Tunisia the worst affected country in North Africa?
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