August 3, 2021

Tunisia announces general containment in four regions

The Tunisian government announced on Sunday June 20 that it had decreed a new general containment in four regions where the contamination rate exceeds 0.4%, while hospitals are struggling to treat the most serious cases in certain areas of the country.

The governorates of Beja (north-west), Siliana, Zaghouan (north) and Kairouan (center) will be confined for a week, until June 27, the presidency of the government said in a statement posted on Facebook.

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These are the regions which recorded more than 400 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the last fourteen days.

Faced with the deterioration in these regions, regional screening campaigns and isolation centers for positive cases will be set up, said the services of Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi.

Worsening of the situation

Examinations underway in schools will nevertheless continue in these regions, the same source said on Saturday evening in another press release.

The military health services were mobilized this week to deal with the deteriorating situation in Kairouan, where health establishments are struggling to cope with the influx of patients.

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Tunisia, which has lifted most restrictions as the tourist season approaches, with the exception of a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, currently has several dozen deaths and more than 2,000 new confirmed cases per day for 12 million inhabitants.

The country has detected 382,950 test-confirmed cases and 14,038 deaths since March 2020, according to figures from John Hopkins University.

The World with AFP