Tunisian PM orders nationwide curfew over pandemic

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TUNIS, TUNISIA - SEPTEMBER 03: Tunisia's 16th Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi arrives to attend the government handover ceremony at Carthage Palace in the capital Tunis, Tunisia on September 03, 2020. Mechichi's Cabinet won a vote of confidence yesterday. A total of 134 deputies voted in favor and 67 against forming the government in voting held at the parliament. (Photo by Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
File Photo. TUNIS, TUNISIA – SEPTEMBER 03, 2020: Tunisia’s 16th Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi arrives to attend the government handover ceremony at Carthage Palace in the capital Tunis, Tunisia. (Photo by Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images).

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi on Monday ordered a curfew starting from Tuesday in all regions of the country.

Coronavirus cases have been surging in Tunisia, which had managed to contain the virus earlier in the year. As of Saturday, The Tunisian Health Ministry on Saturday night reported 5,752 new COVID-19 cases raising the total number of infections to 40,542 including 626 deaths in the country.

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