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.
For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page.
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.
For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app
However, after successfully containing the coronavirus in the spring and summer, Tunisia is now experiencing a very rapid spread of the diseasewith more than 55,000 cases and intensive care units full in some regions.
Coronavirus: Tunisia says COVID-19 spread ‘very dangerous’ with new curbs expected
Coronavirus: Tunisian unemployment soars as economy suffers under COVID-19
Coronavirus: Tunisian hospitals struggling to cope with rise in COVID-19 cases
As well as banning internal travel in most cases, the new rules include a suspension of schools until November 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 8pm instead of 9pm on weekdays, while remaining at 7pm on weekends.
- Coronavirus: Tunisia says COVID-19 spread ‘very dangerous’ with new curbs expected
- Coronavirus: Tunisia imposes nationwide curfew as cases surge
- Coronavirus: Tunisian unemployment soars as economy suffers under COVID-19
- Coronavirus: Tunisia to ban gatherings, cut public-sector work hours
- Coronavirus: Tunisian hospitals struggling to cope with rise in COVID-19 cases