COVID-19: Tunis Goes On Lockdown As Cases Skyrocket

Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, has gone on a partial lockdown today due to Covid-19 crisis reaching its highest daily rate since the outbreak globally.

In some areas where the cases are way too high, the Tunisian government went all out authorizing a full lockdown. The areas include four regions — the governorates of Beja (north-west), Siliana, Zaghouan (north) and Kairouan (centre).

Hospitals have been stretched to their limit with some patients moved from beds to wheelchairs. Staffs available for work are outnumbered as well and more hands are needed on deck but the government is careful in accepting volunteers due to the fact that their level of immunization cannot be easily determined.

Military care facility equipped with beds, monitoring equipment, and ventilators were set-up at outskirts of the capital yet the intense pressure persists.

Tourism, which is one of sectors boosting the country’s economy powerfully, is facing huge challenges as the health crisis sabotages government restoration plans.

To control the spread of the disease, many gatherings have been suspended such as collective prayers, public celebrations, sporting and cultural events until July 14 in the four regions of Greater Tunis including the seaside cities of Sousse and Monastir (east).

As in the case of South Africa’s recent lockdown protocols, the North African country is permitting cafes and restaurants to continue operation but will only be allowed to serve takeaway orders and carry out home delivery. Also the government has extended nighttime curfew which is now 8PM to 5AM.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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