EU pledges $280m to Tunisia’s battle against coronavirus

The EU said on Saturday that it would grant 250m euros ($280m) to Tunisia to help fight the deadly new coronavirus and the adverse socio-economic effects of a lockdown.

The bloc’s Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi pledged the aid in a telephone call with Tunisia’s Foreign Minister Noureddine Erray, according to a joint statement issued by the EU delegation in Tunis and the ministry, Reuters reported.

Tunisia has closed schools, universities, cafes and bars, shut its land and maritime borders and suspended international flights to try and slow the spread of the disease. It also banned travel between cities while imposing a nighttime curfew and a national lockdown.


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