Tunisia’s foreign minister, Othman Jerandi, has tested positive for COVID-19, saying in a tweet that the symptoms are severe, according to an official statement by the Foreign Ministry late on Sunday.
“Today, my tests confirmed that I have COVID-19, despite taking all the necessary precautions and respecting the health protocol. Severe symptoms, I ask God the safety for everyone,” Jerandi said in his tweet.
On Saturday, Tunisia said it was extending its coronavirus curfew and banning demonstrations as it tries to stem a rapid rise in coronavirus infections and calm tensions after a week of protests and rioting over economic troubles.
The government is also forbidding travel between regions and ordering all people over 65 to stay at home as part of stricter virus measures announced Saturday by Tunisian Health Ministry spokesperson Nissaf Ben Alaya.