Schools in Tunisia re-open after a six months closure due to COVID-19

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Students have body temperature checked before they enter a school in Tunis, Tunisia, Sept. 15, 2020. Schools in Tunisia reopened on Tuesday after a closure of six months due to the spread of COVID-19. The government required schools to take necessary measures to prevent the pandemic. (Photo by Adel Ezzine/Xinhua)
Students have body temperature checked before they enter a school in Tunis, Tunisia, Sept. 15, 2020. Schools in Tunisia reopened on Tuesday after a closure of six months due to the spread of COVID-19. The government required schools to take necessary measures to prevent the pandemic. (Photo by Adel Ezzine/Xinhua)

The government of Tunisia Tuesday, September 15, reopened schools following a six months closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Africanews, the move followed approval of the country’s scientific committee for the fight against coronavirus which called for social distancing between students as well as the mandatory mask-wearing only for teachers and educational staff as children are at less risk of infection.

In Tunisia, schools were closed mid-March after the country recorded the Covid-19 case on March 2.

However, by September 15, the country had recorded a total of 7,000 with just over 2000 recoveries and 117 fatalities.

The country becomes one of the few nations that have reopened school premises.

In August, only six African countries had fully opened schools according to available data.

Owing to the dangers brought by the viral virus, however, other countries have already ruled out any possibility of schools reopening before the end of 2020

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