Tunisia lifts COVID-19 lockdown

Tunisia reopened shops, businesses, mosques, cafes and hotels after locking down nearly all normal business activity for months.

Tunisia entered the crisis with only 500 intensive care beds equipped with ventilators, and the government said at the start of the outbreak the health system would struggle to cope with more than 5, 000 cases.

It has added another 100 intensive care beds, including with the construction of a temporary facility at a sports centre in the capital, Tunis, and has improved readiness at public hospitals around the country, a state official said.

City and town centres have become busier since the lockdown was relaxed to allow shops to open, with markets crowded and public beaches busy.

President of the Republic Kais Saied has decided to lift the nationwide curfew as of Monday, said a Presidency statement.

The decision was made after consultation with the Parliament Speaker and the Prime Minister and following the positive results to stem the spread of the COVID-19 in different regions of the country, the statement indicated.

Director of the National Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases (ONMNE) Nissaf Ben Alaya, on Monday, told TAP the COVID-19 was brought under control, after five days without any more cases recorded.

However, she stressed the imperative to respect the preventive and health measures during the coming period.


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