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…

Air quality improving in quarantined countries

Air quality is improving in countries under coronavirus quarantines, experts say, but it is far too early to speak of long-term change. Images by the U.S. space agency NASA are clear, in February the concentration of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) fell dramatically in Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, passing from an indicator that was red/orange to blue. NO2 is mainly produced by vehicles, industrial sites and thermal power stations. As China moves past the peak of its crisis, however, recent images by the European Space Agency (ESA) show…

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…

Tunisia mobilises 2.5 billion dinars to combat effects of coronavirus

Tunisia is allocating 2.5 billion dinars to combat the economic and social effects of the coronavirus health crisis, Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said on Saturday. Among new measures, the government will delay tax debts, postpone taxes on small- and medium-sized businesses, delay repayment of low-income employee loans and provide financial assistance to poor families. “All of Tunisia is united in this dangerous war. The war has a cost and the exceptional decisions that we announced have a cost, but we have no choice”, Fakhfakh said in an address to the…

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…

BCT’s urgent measures to curb economic fallout of Coronavirus

The Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT) Board of Directors met Tuesday for setting exceptional measures to back up the national efforts to curb the economic repercussion of Covid-19 pandemic. The BCT decided to reduce its key interest rate by 100 points to 6,75 %, to help reduce the financial burden of people indebted to banks. The key rate cut will also help reduce the financial burden on businesses, namely small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to safeguard their survival and their workforce. Besides, the BCT further affirmed readiness to provide the banks with…

Coronavirus in Tunisia: TABC calls on authorities to save Tunisian SMEs

In this period of general psychosis caused by the rapid spread of the coronavirus throughout the world, there is no need to be familiar with the economic and financial mysteries in order to understand the extent of the serious crises that could ensue. Because behind this health crisis, it is the financial crisis that threatens with its share of repercussions on the real economy – already dramatic in the West – and from which we, in turn, cannot escape. Aware of this situation and anxious to limit its negative repercussions…

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.…

Tui suspends operations due to coronavirus

Tui has announced it is suspending a vast amount of its operations due to coronavirus, Oxford Mail reported. Flights to destinations such as Spain, Cyprus, Malta and Tunisia have been impacted, the same source said. The travel group said in a statement this morning: “In this rapidly changing environment the safety and welfare of our guests and employees worldwide remains of paramount importance and thus Tui Group has decided, in line with government guidelines, to suspend the vast majority of all travel operations until further notice, including package travel, cruises…