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Tunisia sets new measures after rapid surge of COVID-19 cases

Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi has said Tunisia cannot afford a second lockdown with the government already fighting the central bank over a projected deficit double what it had originally foreseen.

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Tunisian women wear face masks for protection against the novel coronavirus at a market in the southwestern Tunisian town of Gabes on August 26. (AFP)

(The African Stand) — Tunisia on Thursday banned travel between the country’s regions suspended schools and public gatherings, and extended a curfew, as it tried to contain a rapid surge of COVID-19 cases with hospitals nearly full.

Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi has said Tunisia cannot afford a second lockdown with the government already fighting the central bank over a projected deficit double what it had originally foreseen.

However, after successfully containing the coronavirus in the spring and summer, Tunisia is now experiencing a very rapid spread of the disease with more than 55,000 cases and intensive care units full in some regions.

As well as banning internal travel in most cases, the new rules include a suspension of schools until Nov. 8, a two-week suspension of universities, and a ban on protests and public gatherings of more than four people.

A night curfew already in place in several regions has been extended across the country and brought forward to start at 8 pm instead of 9 pm on weekdays while remaining at 7 pm on weekends.

Hassan Juma

Written by Hassan Juma

Hassan Juma is an international reporter who graduated with a degree from The United States International University where he majored in Journalism and International Relations and he is currently working for African Stand as a senior reporter covering the Middle East, US, Asia, and Europe.

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