Covid-19: Tunis strengthens its measures to limit contamination

Covid-19: Tunis strengthens its measures to limit contamination
Covid-19: Tunis strengthens its measures to limit contamination

#Tunisia : The Tunisian authorities announced Wednesday evening the strengthening of measures to fight against the spread of Covid-19, which has experienced a marked increase since last week, resulting in a “dangerous” situation in the country.

From April 9 to 30, private and public gatherings are prohibited and governors are called upon to declare a night curfew from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. local time. A curfew was already in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time.Governors will also be authorized to decide on the containment of regions “reaching a dangerous level of contamination,” Hasna Ben Slimane, government spokesman, said Wednesday at a press conference.

The same source also announced the closure of weekly souks throughout Tunisia.

A mandatory five-day self-containment will be imposed on people coming from abroad, who will also have to present on their arrival the negative result of a PCR test made 72 hours before their trip, added Ms. Ben Slimane.

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Hospital officials have alerted in recent days to a dangerous pandemic situation with an increase in contaminations affecting more than a thousand people and killing dozens per day since last week.

The occupancy rate of intensive care beds has reached 80% and is likely to increase, added during this press conference the Minister of Health Faouzi Mehdi, also deeming the current situation “dangerous”.

As of April 6, Tunisia, which has less than 12 million inhabitants, had recorded 264,994 confirmed cases including 9,087 deaths since March 2020, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health published on Wednesday.

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