Tunisia, whose economy depends heavily on tourism, took early and strict measures at the beginning of the covid-19 epidemic in March and was relatively well circumscribed, according to the French agency AFP.
In mid-June, the country had only a few new cases per week and all linked to people repatriated from abroad, who were placed in mandatory quarantine (14 days).
The borders were reopened on 27 June, without imposing any specific precautions on travelers from countries classified as “green”, including France, Italy or Great Britain.
In July, the number of registered cases soon increased to several dozen a week in Tunisia, which is being hit hard by the social consequences of travel restrictions.
Among the cases, there are 26 Tunis airport employees who gave positive results, leading to a crisis meeting of the civil aviation organization on Saturday to reinforce the airport's health protocols and their application.
The Ministry of Health announced on Saturday night the death of a patient with covid-19, the first death since June 17, bringing the total death toll to 51 since the beginning of March.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 1,500 cases of people infected with covid-19 have been reported.
The covid-19 monitoring committee is due to meet next week to review the measures to be taken, while almost all restrictions have been lifted since June: shops and places of worship or tourist attractions are open.
The borders with neighboring countries, Algeria, which was heavily affected by the pandemic, and Libya, remain closed.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 680,000 deaths and infected more than 17.6 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to the latest AFP report.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.
After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.
HN // PNG
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