Tunisia says over 400 arrested for breaking coronavirus curfew

A picture taken on March 18, 2020 shows a ring road empty during a night curfew imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus, in the Tunisian capital Tunis. (AFP)

Tunisian police arrested more than 400 people for breaking a night-time curfew imposed to fight the spread of coronavirus, the authorities said Monday.

Around 30 of the 408 transgressors who were arrested remained in custody, while the others were released after a warning, Interior Minister Hichem Mechichi told reporters.

“Anyone who breaks the security rules will be treated as a criminal because failing to respect rules within the context of the pandemic is a crime,” he said.

A total of 412 cafes, bars and restaurants were forced by the security forces to close.

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Alongside a 6 pm to 6 am curfew that entered into force on March 18, daytime restrictions took effect on Sunday, limiting movements to those of “extreme necessity,” including for work in key sectors.

Tunisia’s presidency has announced increased military deployments to enforce the restrictions.

The country has so far registered three deaths from the coronavirus among 90 confirmed cases, the health ministry said Monday.

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