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One month after the conquest of Tunisia, the number of people infected with Corona increased tenfold, while the first death was recorded in weeks
Tunisia: The Tunisian Ministry of Health announced that the number of people infected with the new Coronavirus has increased ten times a month after the border was opened, and the country registered its first death in several weeks.
Tunisia, whose economy is heavily dependent on tourism, took early and tough measures when the Coruna epidemic appeared in March, and it managed to contain it relatively well. By mid-June, the country had recorded only a few new infections per week, all with returnees from abroad who had been subject to mandatory quarantine, when it began lifting restrictions, including a 14-day quarantine at the hotel upon arrival.
Then the borders opened on June 27, without imposing specific measures on arrivals from countries that are classified as “green”, including France, Italy and Britain. In July, the number of recorded infections increased ten times a week. Among the injured are 26 employees at Tunis Airport, prompting the Civil Aviation Organization to hold a Saturday crisis meeting to promote and implement health measures at the airport.
On Saturday evening, the Ministry of Health announced the death of a newcomer to the Coronavirus, the first recorded death since June 17, bringing the death toll to 51 deaths since the beginning of March, in addition to 1,500 recorded infections.
The Covid-19 epidemic monitoring committee is scheduled to meet next week to discuss measures to take, while almost all restrictions have been lifted since June, as shops, places of worship and tourist attractions have been opened. Schools have been closed since March, and the Football League, which resumed on Saturday night, will be held without an audience.
The borders with neighboring countries remained closed, such as Algeria, which was badly affected by the epidemic and Libya. Tunisia was severely affected by the social repercussions of the travel restrictions. The epidemic threatens to lose tens of thousands of jobs in the tourism, automotive and informal trade sectors, while the country is struggling to curb unemployment, which afflicts a third of young people.
The wave of social protests that have been going on for weeks in the south of the country impede the production of oil and phosphate, an important source of foreign currency.
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