Tunisia eases coronavirus restrictions

Grigory Matyunin 13-May-2020
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Tunisia has shortened its nighttime curfew imposed to curtail the spread of covid-19 following three days without any new recorded cases of the virus.

A lockdown and nighttime curfew was imposed in March to slow the spread of the pandemic. People were largely kept at home and all non-essential shops and services were ordered to suspend operations.

The curfew has been shortened to 11pm to 5am rather than 8pm to 6am. Government apparatus and large parts of the economy have been resuming work gradually.

In total, the country has recorded 1,032 cases and 45 deaths from the virus. No new cases have been recorded over the past three days. Only five people remain in hospital with the virus.

A number of restrictions remain in force. Schools, mosques and restaurants are still expected to remain shut.

Initially it was feared that the country would struggle to cope with the outbreak, having only 500 beds in intensive care units equipped with ventilators. Further beds were subsequently added. Much of the country’s success has been linked to prompt public health measures.