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Tunisia To Lift Nationwide Curfew As New COVID-19 Infections Decline
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Tunisia To Lift Nationwide Curfew As New COVID-19 Infections Decline

COVID-19 Infection

Tunisia has decided to lift a nationwide curfew imposed in March to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 infection, with health officials saying they continue to see a downward trend in new infections, broadcaster Al Jazeera reported.

Tunisian President Kais Saied announced the decision on Monday.

Recent data shows new infections have been slowing down since May 28, and the North African country has reported no more than new seven cases per day during this period.

No new cases have been reported in the last six days, figures from real-time data tracker Worldometer show.

Tunisia has begun relaxing lockdown regulations, with retail stores, mosques and museums reopening while intercity travel has been allowed since last week, as the country seeks to revive an economy grounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It puts an end to the application of Presidential Decree No. 2020-24 of March 18, 2020, imposing a nationwide curfew as well as Presidential Decree No. 2020-28 of March 22, 2020, limiting the movement of people and gatherings outside of curfew hours.

According to authorities, land, air and sea borders are set to be reopened by the end of June.

Tunisia has reported 1,087 cases cases of COVID-19 infection since March 2, out of which 982 people have recovered while 49 have died due to the virus.

The North African state is one of only a handful of countries that appear to have flattened the coronavirus infection curve. Experts however believe the African continent as a whole is yet to experience the worst of the pandemic.

According to Al Jazeera, Tunisia entered the crisis with only 500 intensive care beds equipped with ventilators, and the government said at the start of the outbreak the health system would struggle to cope with more than 5,000 cases.

The country has added another 100 intensive care beds and constructed a temporary facility at a sports centre in the capital Tunis.

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