Tunisia and Covid-19

Published : 01-05-2020

The Tunisian Minister of Tourism announced the reopening of the borders for the end of June in order to welcome foreign tourists for the summer season.

The hotels will be able to reopen from June 4, subject to applying the new health protocol defined by the government.

The mandatory confinement period for people coming from abroad has just been reduced to just one week, pending its complete elimination.

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An exemplary record

Tunisia remains little affected by the Covid-19 pandemic with only 48 deaths and 1,071 confirmed cases (for 50,380 samples) as of May 29th.

Measures have been taken as early as March to limit the spread of the virus: closure of borders, lockdown and curfew.

Cafes, restaurants, entertainment venues, educational institutions as well as department stores have been closed.
Tunisian people are becoming more and more aware of the need to wear masks and maintain physical distance.
Chloroquine drugs were used from the start in the treatment of the sick.
Tunisian factories manufacturing surgical masks and protective medical equipment have increased their production to deal with the epidemic.
Tunisia’s textile industry was put to work to produce millions of reusable, washable masks which will be sold in pharmacies at a very low price (about 0.60 €).
Tunisian hotels have provided more than 6,000 rooms free of charge to the authorities for medical personnel and confined persons.
People with symptoms, their close contacts, recent returnees and medical staff are systematically subjected to screening tests.
Tunisia has organized an airlift to repatriate Tunisians still abroad.
No cases of Covid19 have been recorded in nursing homes.

The de-confinement phase

The lockdown measures are being lifted in a targeted way as from May 4th, and new health regulations are established.
These regulations will apply to tourism and leisure activities gradually, starting from May 24th.
However, containment will be extended for children and people at risk.
Masks and social distancing become compulsory in public transport and taxis.
Private museums will reopen on June 5 with only 50% of their capacity.
Travel between regions remained prohibited even for the Eid al-Fitr on May 24th.

High level medical services

In its fight against Covid19, Tunisia can count on very high-level medical personnel.
Tunisian emergency physicians and resuscitators are recognized for their competence and a large number of them currently practice in European hospitals.
In April, Tunisia dispatched a delegation of 7 doctors, caregivers and technicians to Italy to support the fight against Covid19.
The Institut Pasteur in Tunis is currently working on finding a vaccine in the event that a vaccine discovered elsewhere is slow to be available. It is also developing a mathematical model to assess the effectiveness of pandemic control measures.
Last update: 29/05/2020


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