COVID-19: Professional chefs prepare meals for medical personnel

Tunisian professional chefs gathered for a volunteer action to prepare meals for medical and paramedical personnel in public hospitals. This initiative launched by the Tunisian Association of Culinary Art Professionals is part of a solidarity campaign to support the efforts of the State in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. The team of professional chefs reserved a room in the Gammarth region to receives donations of foodstuffs for the preparation of meals. Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts, Mohamed Toumi, visited Thursday these volunteer chefs. He praised this initiative and…

VERMEG donates 1,500,000 TND to1818 National Fund to underpin State efforts

Vermeg donated on Wednesday some 1,500,000 TND to the 1818 National Fund to underpin State efforts in curbing the spread of the COVIID-19 in Tunisia. “VERMEG joins the collective efforts to combat the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak in Tunisia, and contributes with an amount of 1,500,000 TND to the benefit of the 1818 national fund”, said VERMEG CEO, Badreddine Ouali in his Facebook page. “This participation is part of the support to the Ministry of Health, to deal with the spread of this virus. It confirms once again our commitment as…

COVID-19: Tunisia deploys robots to enforce total lockdown

The Interior Ministry has deployed robots to enforce the country’s lockdown and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Remote-controlled vehicles of ENOVA Robotics are patrolling the streets of Tunis in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. “Our goal is always to be close to the needs of safety and health through technology and innovation”, Anis Sahbani creator of the revolutionary robot said. In a series of videos that have been widely shared on social media, Tunisians have been approached by remote-controlled vehicles asking if they’re aware…

Tunisia to start using new rapid COVID-19 testing kits

Minister of Health Abdellatif Mekki, announced on Sunday that the ministry will soon start using new rapid COVID-19 testing kits, that provide test results for patients in just 10-minutes. “In ten days, over 500,000 new rapid COVID-19 testing kits will be available in Tunisia,” Mekki told Tunisian private radio Ifm, adding that the new rapid testing kit is “of high precision and internationally certified, and will help speed up the process of testing.” “The rapid testing kits simply requires a pinprick to patient’s finger so that it can take one…

“SAFE TUNISIA” NEW 100% ONLINE CHALLENGE OF NOVATION CITY TO CURB COVID-19

Novation City ” Pôle de Compétitivité de Sousse ” launched on March 17, 2020, the ” SAFE TUNISIA CHALLENGE “, a competition for Start-ups, students, graduates and entrepreneurs working in the field of Technology, innovation or information and whose aim is to counter, slow down or stem the spread of Covid-19 and to manage the crisis caused by the epidemic in Tunisia. “Safe Tunisia” is a national challenge whose mission is to concentrate Tunisia’s potential for innovation and technological skills in order to create synergies that will enable the rapid…

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…

Tunisian Embassy to Sudan collects 29,000 dinars to support 1818 Fund to combat Covid 19

On a joint initiative between the Tunisian Embassy in Khartoum and a group of Tunisian community members, 29,000 dinars were collected to support the 1818 Fund to combat Covid 19. In a statement to TunisianMonitorOnline, Tunisian ambassador to Sudan Hechmi Agili said: “This initiative is within the framework of supporting the national efforts to mobilize the resources of the Covid 19 pandemic fund and to contribute even with a small portion that reduces its economic and social repercussions on our country.” “On this occasion, I extend appreciation to the members…

Over 10 million Tunisians under general Lockdown as of Sunday

Premier Elyes Fakhfakh said Saturday night that the general lockdown is a measure that involves all Tunisians, with the exception of about 15% of the population that will work so as to ensure the smooth running of vital sectors, such as security, health, agro-food, water, electricity, banks… In an address to the nation, Fakhfakh said the general lockdown is a preventive measure to ensure the people’s security and the country’s stability, this is why it is imperative to stay home and reduce the mobility. «The general health lockdown» decided on…

EU supports health sector in Tunisia

The EU supports the health sector in Tunisia in 13 governorates, mainly in first-line health service structures, thanks to the “Essaha Aziza” programme with a budget of €20 million. This programme will help support the Health Ministry in its national efforts of prevention and response to COVID19, EU NEIGHBOURS reports. Training has been held to all emergency services staff of the 13 governorates, mainly in local hospitals, since November 2019. Other training started in December 2019 and concerned care hygiene in hospitals, including handwashing, the same source said. Work has…

WHO reaffirms its support to Tunisia’s efforts to contain COVID-19

World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative in Tunisia, Yves Souteyrand, on Monday, expressed the support of the organisation and the United Nations in general to Tunisia’s efforts contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a statement of the Presidency of the Republic reads. Souteyrand voiced the organisation’s commitment to providing all possible assistance for health care to Tunisians and protect them from the coronavirus pandemic, as he met Monday with President Kais Saied. Saied and Souteyrand discussed the global health crisis of the COVID-19, the latest updates and possible solutions.…