COVID-19: Tunisia decrees nationwide curfew as pandemic spirals out of control

COVID-19: Tunisia decrees nationwide curfew as pandemic spirals out of control

Tunisia Tuesday announced nationwide curfew from 8pm to 5am local time from July 1st as part of the efforts to stem the continuing spread of the covid-19 disease, as the World Health Organization (WHO) sounds the alarms over the pandemic situation in the North African country.

Tunisia, which at one time appeared to control the pandemic, has seen a surge in daily contaminations and fatalities. The North African country Tuesday recorded 106 new deaths related to the pandemic and 5,251 new contaminations.

The curfew, according to the health ministry, will last for two weeks. Tunisia also decided to call off or postpone all cultural activities and gatherings. All visitors entering the country must produce a negative PCR 72-hour old.

Early this week, the WHO sounded the alarm over the situation in Tunisia, arguing that the vaccination campaign will not suffice to reduce contaminations. Yves Souteyrand, the representative of the UN agency in Tunisia, called on the North African country to reinforce the observation of the protection protocols.

Tunisia, according to the agency, is among the worst affected countries in the World and in Africa.

The Tuesday new data bring fatalities toll to 14,843 while contaminations from the report of the first case back in February stand at 414,182 out of which 352,180 recoveries.

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