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20 avr. 2020 | 02h48 UTC

Tunisia: Ongoing COVID-19 lockdown extended until May 3 /update 7

Tunisia Alerte de sécurité

Tunisia extends ongoing lockdown through May 3 and shortens daily curfew from 20:00 to 06:00 on April 19; abide by all government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 19/4/2020, 12h00 until 3/5/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Tunis). COUNTRY/REGION Tunisia

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Event

Tunisian authorities on Sunday, April 19, extended an ongoing general lockdown through Sunday, May 3, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. The lockdown was originally implemented on Friday, March 20, and due to expire on April 19. A shorter daily curfew will be in effect from 20:00 to 06:00 (local time) to give Tunisians more flexibility during Ramadan which will commence on Friday, April 24. Meanwhile, all international flights are suspended, and borders closed. Gatherings have been banned, and mosques, cafés, and markets are shut.

To date, there are at least 879 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, with 38 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly, and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone non-essential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

Potentially impacted travelers are advised to monitor the situation, confirm travel itineraries, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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