TUNIS – Tunisia is extending its three-hour nighttime curfew and tightening other restrictions ahead of Ramadan following an increase in COVID-19 infections.
The measure will apply from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., from Friday to April 30 at least.
Government spokeswoman Hasna Ben Othman also announced other measures on Wednesday evening, including a ban on all public and private gatherings, the closure of weekly markets and a stricter application of the wearing of masks and social distancing. .
Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi has ruled out another national lockdown, given what he described as the country’s difficult economic situation.
The Muslim holy festival of Ramadan begins next week. The month of religious fasting typically sees large crowds gathering in shops, cafes, and public spaces, as well as family reunions across the country.
According to the latest figures released Wednesday by the Tunisian Ministry of Health, the number of deaths from COVID-19 stands at more than 9,000, with a total of infections at nearly 265,000 out of a population of 11.7 million .
Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi said 80% of hospital intensive care beds are currently occupied, adding that Tunisia expects to receive a donation of 30 intensive care beds from the United States on Thursday.
Tunisians urged to continue COVID-19 vaccines during Ramadan A Tunisian doctor plays the violin to boost the spirits of patients infected with the virus.