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Tunisia Amends Plan to Reopen Borders

Tunisia Amends Plan to Reopen Borders

Friday, 3 July, 2020 - 06:00
A woman wears a protective face mask as she walks in Tunis, Tunisia, on March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
Tunis - Mongi Saidani

Tunisian Ministry of Health announced adding France, Belgium, and Spain to the green list, which highlights countries that successfully contained the new coronavirus pandemic. These three countries were on the orange list when Tunisia first announced the classification amid the COVID-19 developments.

Habib Ghedira, a member of the Tunisian state committee to counter the virus, said that the authorities have classified countries with a color code according to the spread level of the pandemic (green, orange, and red).

Meanwhile, several public health institutions in Sfax halted their services due to protests held by staff given that their social and vocational demands continue to be neglected.

The protesters demand the release of three colleagues who were arrested on the backdrop of a lawsuit filed by an MP from the Dignity Coalition accusing them of physical and verbal assault. The protest lasted for three hours before work was resumed later.

Tunisia owes the doctors and nurses for the success of the government’s plan in the fight against COVID-19.

On June 27, Tunisia reopened its border and scheduled the full return of the tourism activity starting July. It pins hopes on tourism given that it succeeded in containing the pandemic, a fact shown in official data stating that the total number of confirmed cases is 1,175. A tally less than others registered internationally.

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