Tunisia announces the number of infections with the Coruna virus has increased tenfold a month after the border was opened


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                After Tunisia reopened its borders at the end of last June, its health authorities announced on Saturday evening that the number of new infections of the Corona virus had increased tenfold during the last month.  With the opening of airports and ports and the arrival of tourists, new cases of injuries among the employees working in these establishments increased.  For the first time since June 17 last year, the country registered the death of Covid-19 disease on Saturday, August 1st, taking the death toll in the country to 51 deaths since the beginning of last March.

                                    <p>The Tunisian Ministry of Health said on Saturday night that the number of injured <a target="_blank" href="https://www.france24.com/ar/20200614-رئيس-الوزراء-التونسي-يعلن-فوز-بلاده-في-معركتها-ضد-فيروس-كورونا" rel="noopener noreferrer"><strong>With the emerging corona virus</strong></a>  It has increased tenfold after a month has passed <a target="_blank" href="https://www.france24.com/ar/20200602-تونس-الحكومة-تعيد-فتح-جميع-حدود-البلاد-اعتبارا-من-27-يونيو-بعد-نجاحها-في-كبح-انتشار-فيروس-كورونا" rel="noopener noreferrer"><strong>The country opened its borders</strong></a>  To receive tourists.

On Saturday evening, the country recorded its first death in several weeks.

Tunisia, whose economy is heavily dependent on tourism, took early and tough measures when the epidemic appeared in March, and 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, including a 14-day quarantine, at the hotel upon arrival.

Then the border opened on June 27, without imposing specific measures on arrivals from countries 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, which prompted 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 the 1,500 recorded infections.

The Coved-19 epidemic monitoring committee is scheduled to meet next week to discuss the 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 severely 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 that affects 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.

France 24 / AFP



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