Tunisia classifies all provinces as severest COVID-19 red zone

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TUNIS, TUNISIA - SEPTEMBER 15: An official disinfects a school on the first day as schools are reopened with health protocols after closure due to coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic in Sidi Husain of Tunis, Tunisia on September 15, 2020. (Photo by Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
TUNIS, TUNISIA – SEPTEMBER 15: An official disinfects a school on the first day as schools are reopened with health protocols after closure due to coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic in Sidi Husain of Tunis, Tunisia on September 15, 2020. (Photo by Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The Tunisian authorities on Thursday classified all the country’s 24 provinces as the red zone, the highest level of severity in terms of the spread of the COVID-19, Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) reported.

The announcement came as an average of more than 10 coronavirus infections per 100,000 inhabitants has been recorded in the 24 provinces, said the National Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases.

However, in a statement carried by TAP, Mohamed Mokdad, director-general of health structures at the Ministry of Health, said the situation is under control despite the increase of COVID-19 cases across the country.

The coronavirus disease “has proven that it has negative impacts on human health, global economy and culture, which forces us to coexist with it just as we previously lived with measles and smallpox,” he noted.

Tunisia has so far reported 8,100 COVID-19 cases in total, including 129 deaths and 2,309 recoveries.

Since June 27 when Tunisia reopened borders to tourists, 6,898 COVID-19 cases have been reported across the North African country, including 608 imported ones

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