The Tunisian Ministry of Health decided on Tuesday January 12 to impose a general four-day lockdown from Thursday to limit the spread of the Covid-19 which has reached records, resulting in a situation “Very dangerous” in Tunisia.
These containment measures, which include a reinforced curfew, come into force on the tenth anniversary of the revolution, hampering any commemoration of the flight of Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali on January 14, 2011, amid social tensions.
Hospital officials have warned of the growing difficulty in finding intensive care beds, despite the establishment of makeshift hospitals to unclog existing structures.
Faced with the increase in the number of deaths which reaches several dozen per day, the Minister of Health Faouzi Mehdi indicated at a press conference that it would be prohibited to drive between 3 p.m. GMT and 5 a.m. GMT on Thursday. see you on Sunday. A curfew had already been in effect from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. since October 2020.
“A very dangerous situation”
The minister also decided to suspend classes in schools, high schools and faculties from January 13 to 24. All cultural and other events will be banned during the lockdown period, he added. He also called for remote work ” the most possible “.
These measures were taken on the advice of the National Observatory for New and Emerging Diseases, after the identification of several thousand new cases daily in recent days.
Tunisia, which had recorded only about fifty deaths during the first wave, recorded 5,343 deaths and 164,936 cases as of January 13, an underestimated number as in other countries since it only includes cases confirmed by testing.
“The situation is very dangerous (…) and exceeds the capacity of patient care ”, warned Nissaf Ben Alya, director of the Observatory. The minister attributed this situation to “Lack of compliance with measures” sanitary facilities.