Tunisia extends curfew amid spread of COVID-19

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People wearing face masks wait at a bus station in the center of Tunis, Tunisia, Oct. 30, 2020. Tunisian Health Ministry on Friday reported 3,751 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections to 58,029. Tunisia has tightened precautionary measures amid a rapid spread of COVID-19 across the country, according to a statement released by the government on Thursday. (Photo by Adel Ezzine/Xinhua)
People wearing face masks wait at a bus station in the center of Tunis, Tunisia, Oct. 30, 2020. (Photo by Adel Ezzine/Xinhua)

Amid a rapid spread of COVID-19 across the country, Tunisian authorities on Sunday announced that the nationwide curfew has been extended to Dec. 30, 2020.

After a meeting of Tunisia’s committee to confront COVID-19, a series of decisions were taken while others rectified, as part of a prevention approach aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.

The night curfew will be applied from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. local time from Dec. 7 to Dec. 30, according to a statement released by the Tunisian health ministry.

The measures also included the continuation of the ban on fairs and meetings and the closure of cafes at 7 p.m.

It said the authorities also decided to restrict attendance in private parties and funerals to 30 people.

Wearing a mask is still compulsory in all places in addition to the continued application of preventive and hygiene measures, namely physical distancing, ventilation and hand washing.

The committee also announced the modification of the measures taken with regard to travel restrictions.

Travelers in Tunisia for less than five days should present a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours before boarding.

Tunisia is seeing a rapid spread of COVID-19, as a total of 104,002 cases have been confirmed in the North African country, with 1,011 new ones reported on Sunday night.

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