Tunisia eases lockdown as COVID-19 cases slowdown

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TUNIS, TUNISIA - 2020/05/11: A health worker seen at the Charles Nicole hospital amid coronavirus crisis Tunisia recorded zero cases on May 10, 2020 so there remains a total of 1,032 infected cases and 45 deaths and 700 recovered from covid-19 disease. (Photo by Jdidi Wassim/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
TUNIS, TUNISIA – 2020/05/11: A health worker seen at the Charles Nicole hospital amid coronavirus crisis
Tunisia recorded zero cases on May 10, 2020 so there remains a total of 1,032 infected cases and 45 deaths and 700 recovered from covid-19 disease. (Photo by Jdidi Wassim/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Supermarkets and retail shops reopened on Friday after the Tunisian government announced zero coronavirus cases for the fifth consecutive day.

According to a statement published overnight by the health ministry, 217 patients still carry the COVID-19 virus, three of whom are being treated in hospital.

Tunisia which has declared 1,032 cases of the coronavirus and 45 deaths since March 2 has reported zero cases for the fifth day in a row.

With infections slowing, retail stores, open-air markets and supermarkets have reopened, however, authorities are urging citizens to stay vigilant and respect hygiene measures.

On Wednesday, President Kais Saied shortened an overnight curfew that has been in place since 22 March.

Tunisia started easing strict confinement measures last week.

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