On Friday, the Tunisian government imposed a comprehensive quarantine in the country, including the week of Eid al-Fitr, to combat the spread of the Corona virus. "The health institutions will collapse, and this is a danger that we fear ... Doctors are on the verge of a psychological collapse," the Prime Minister, Hisham El-Mechichi, warned. Government hospitals in major governorates are overcrowded, and recovery and oxygen departments in some have reached their maximum capacity. </p><div> <p>The head of the Tunisian government said <a target="_blank" href="https://www.france24.com/ar/الأخبار-المغاربية/20210506-الحكومة-التونسية-تخطط-لخفض-كتلة-الأجور-وإلغاء-الدعم-في-مسعى-للحصول-على-قرض-من-صندوق-النقد-الدولي" rel="noopener"><strong>Hisham Al-Mechishi</strong></a> Friday, the government decided to impose a comprehensive quarantine for a week, starting from Sunday, to counter an outbreak <a target="_blank" href="https://www.france24.com/ar/الأخبار-المغاربية/20210429-فيروس-كورونا-تونس-تفرض-العزل-الإجباري-على-الوافدين-وسط-تحذيرات-من-انهيار-النظام-الصحي" rel="noopener"><strong>Corona epidemic</strong></a>.
Al-Meshishi confirmed in a press conference that approving the complete closure from 9 to 19 May is a preventive measure, pointing out that “health institutions will collapse, and this is a risk that we fear … and doctors are on the verge of psychological collapse.”
Al-Mushashi stressed that this procedure is to “preserve the health system and the health of the citizen who has not adhered to the procedures.”
Movement is prohibited accordingly, except in extreme cases, and markets and places of worship are closed, and movement between governorates is prohibited.
Government spokeswoman Hasna Bin Sulaiman explained at the press conference that celebrations and gatherings will be prohibited throughout the next week, starting from Sunday, and that leaving the homes will not be allowed unless necessary.
The authorities closed schools and colleges and imposed a night curfew for weeks, but the health crisis continues.
Pressure on hospitals
Since the beginning of April, Tunisia has recorded an increase in the number of HIV infections in the country, which numbers about 12 million people, with dozens of deaths and more than a thousand infections daily. Tunisia has recorded a total of 11,208 deaths from the epidemic and more than 317,000 cases.
Close Governmental hospitals In the major governorates, it is overcrowded, and the resuscitation and oxygen departments in some have reached their maximum capacity.
More than 500 people are being treated in intensive care units, an unprecedented number since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
In the year 2020, the government approved a complete closure that enabled it to avoid the first wave of the epidemic, and only a few dozen deaths were recorded at that time.
Al-Meshishi had rejected the complete closure decision in previous times because the economic situation in the country did not allow this, and following a record decline in the gross domestic product in 2020, which was estimated at 8.9 percent.
France 24 / AFP