Tunisia implements new restrictions as virus cases soar

The North African country is experiencing an outbreak of the coronavirus after relatively low cases earlier in the year.

al-monitor A member of the Tunisian security forces stands guard on Habib Bourguiba avenue in the capital, Tunis, on Oct. 29, 2020, after new security measures were taken by the authorities in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Tunisian authorities imposed today a nationwide night curfew, closure of schools and an inter-region travel ban to forestall the soaring coronavirus infection rates. In early October, localized curfews in various regions had been reimposed, spreading a week later to the Greater Tunis area. Photo by FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images.

Oct 29, 2020

Tunisia banned travel within the country and instituted several other anti-virus measures today as it struggles to contain an outbreak of COVID-19.

Authorities on Thursday banned travel between governorates, suspended school classes and prohibited gatherings of more than four people, Reuters reported. Secondary schools can reopen on Nov. 8 and universities can do so on Nov. 12. Protests are also not allowed, and the government implemented a national curfew starting at 8 p.m. on weeknights and 7 p.m. on weekends, according to the outlet.

The North African country of more than 11 million successfully contained the coronavirus throughout the spring and summer. However, cases have been skyrocketing all month, and Tunisia is now registering more than 1,000 new infections per pay, according to Worldometer. Tunisia has had more than 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health announced this week.

The government has already tried to mitigate the renewed spread. Last week, it allowed governors to impose nightly curfews in their areas.

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