Tunisia announces a ban on all gatherings due to the Corona virus
Tunisian Prime Minister Hicham El Mechichi announced yesterday evening, Saturday, the ban on gatherings, stressing the need to wear a mask in order to reduce the severity of the spread of the Corona virus.
He said in a televised speech to him that the numbers and data do not call for reassurance, and the epidemiological situation requires making firm and urgent decisions.
Accordingly, all public and private cultural and commercial activities will be banned for a period of two weeks.
The work regulations will be modified on the basis of one share, and the number of working hours will be reduced to reduce congestion in transportation.
He left some decisions to the local authorities regarding places of worship and their closure or issuance of banning orders according to what it deems appropriate with the epidemiological situation in them.
Tunisia re-imposed curfews on Thursday evening in the coastal states of Sousse and Monastir, as well as in areas around Sidi Bouzid in the country, with the suspension of work in the weekly markets.
The decision to compel the wearing of protective masks in crowded places has remained a dead letter in many cases since it was imposed in early August, at a time when many Tunisians are calling for a tougher strategy.
Tunisian authorities have warned that hospitals are struggling to cope with the influx of patients.
Tunisia, with a population of more than 11.5 million, nearly contained the epidemic at the end of June and lifted most restrictions over the summer. But the number of confirmed cases now exceeds 20,000, including nearly 300 deaths.