Tunisia extends curfew to curb the spread of coronavirus

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Tunisia will extend its nighttime curfew hours and will prevent all gatherings and weekly markets to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic, as intensive care units near maximum capacity in most hospitals, the government said.

The curfew will start 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. morning starting Friday.

Tunisia also will impose quarantine for all visitors who need to show COVID-19 tests upon arrival, the government spokeswoman Hasna Ben Slimane said.

Beds in intensive care units in Tunisian public hospitals are about 80% full as COVID-19 cases surge, the Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi said.

Tunisia has recorded 263,000 coronavirus cases and 9,039 deaths.

Main Photo: Tunisian medical workers wearing full-protection gear at a temporary hospital for Covid-19 patients set up at a gym in Tunis, Tunisia. EPA-EFE/MOHAMED MESSARA