Tunisia isolates itself and imposes a night curfew across the country

The Tunisian President, Kaïes Said, today imposed a curfew across the country that will start every day at 18:00 local time (17:00 GMT) and conclude at 06:00 (05:00 GMT) as a preventive measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that has infected so far 27 people.

In a speech to the nation, Said urged Parliament to enact laws to compensate precarious workers who have had to cease work during quarantine and to renegotiate the debts of companies affected during the pandemic.

In this sense, the president announced that he will donate half of his salary, equivalent to 5,400 euros gross per month, to contribute to the “effort” of the State and invited “those who can” to imitate his gesture.

He also asked international institutions and lenders to “take into account” the difficult situation the country is going through, whose external debt reaches 25,000 million euros.

According to the Ministry of Health, about 3,200 people are currently quarantined in Tunisia and 2,700 have passed the period of isolation.

In the last 24 hours, four new cases have been registered, one of them a 55-year-old Tunisian who returned from Spain on March 13 and lives in the coastal city of Sfax, the economic capital.

A day earlier, Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfekh announced the closure of all its air and land borders and the suspension of commercial travel except for freight and repatriation flights.


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