Today, Friday, the Tunisian government imposed a complete lockdown, throughout the country, for a week, during the Eid al-Fitr holiday, in anticipation of a new wave of the epidemic.
And health authorities have warned that the health sector is at risk of collapse.
The Prime Minister, “Hisham El-Mechichi,” said in a press conference that the application of the complete closure will begin on May 9 and will last for ten days.
Al-Mashishi added that these measures aim to preserve the health system and the citizen’s health.
And according to this, movement will be prohibited, except in extreme cases, and markets and places of worship will be closed, and travel between provinces is prohibited.
Celebrations and gatherings will be banned throughout the next week, starting from Sunday, and leaving the house will not be allowed unless absolutely necessary.
The authorities closed schools and colleges and extended the night curfew imposed weeks ago.
The number of injuries in Tunisia has increased dramatically since the beginning of April, and has crossed the 300,000 mark, with a record number of deaths exceeding 11,000.
Governmental hospitals in major governorates are witnessing overcrowding, as more than a thousand injuries are recorded daily, and some of them have reached the maximum capacity for recovery and oxygen supply departments.
Al-Meshishi had rejected the complete closure decision in previous times because the economic situation in the country did not allow it, as the gross domestic product for the year 2020 decreased by 8.9 percent.