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Rapid Surge of COVID-19 Cases Puts Tunisia in Lockdown

Rapid Surge of COVID-19 Cases Puts Tunisia in Lockdown

Thursday, 14 January, 2021 - 07:45
A picture taken on March 18, 2020 shows Habib Bourguiba Avenue empty shortly before a night curfew imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus, in the Tunisian capital Tunis. AFP

Tunisia went into a four-day lockdown on Thursday to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The new curfew will be from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Classes were suspended from Thursday until January 24. Services at coffeehouses and restaurants were limited to takeaways.

During the same period, all demonstrations will be suspended.

Tunisian Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi said that the situation is "critical and dangerous.”

The tally of COVID-19 deaths in homes reached 640 out of 5,343 fatalities over the rejection of many patients to be hospitalized for treatment.

Tunisia registered on Jan. 11 a total of 164,936 confirmed cases of coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. Further, recoveries exceeded 120,999.

On the same date, there were 2,586 new cases and 59 deaths in the country.

Public and private hospitals are treating 1,802 COVID-19 patients with 359 in ICUs, including 130 on ventilators.

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