Tunisia Extends Curfew Amid Protests and Rising Cases of COVID-19

Tunisian authorities announced new COVID-19 measures, extending its nighttime curfew from Dec. 7 to Dec. 30 amid anti-government protests taking place and cases rapidly rising.

Tunisian authorities announced new COVID-19 measures, extending its nighttime curfew from Dec. 7 to Dec. 30 amid anti-government protests taking place and cases rapidly rising.

According to a statement released by the Tunisian health ministry, the curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time will continue in all states every day of the week.

The curfew extension is part of the new measures decided in a meeting of the National Coronavirus Authority with health ministry representatives to assess the COVID-19 preventive measures.

Other measures include limiting attendance of private parties and funerals to 30 people, closing cafes at 7 p.m., banning trade fairs, forums, and conferences, and requiring people to wear masks in all spaces.

The decision follows protests demanding better working conditions in health facilities, following the death of Badreddedine Aloui, a young medic, after a hospital lift accident last Dec. 3. The decision also comes on the same day medical unions called for a shutdown of non-emergency medical services, according to a report by AFP News.

The protests started last Dec. 4 when crowds of healthcare workers and medical students gathered at the health ministry, demanding Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi and other officials to resign.

According to private security company GardaWorld, the National Council of the Order of Physicians in the capital of Tunis, as well as other health unions and associations, is planning for a nationwide strike on Dec. 8.

Tunisia has recorded 1,011 new cases on Dec. 6, bringing the total number of cases in the North African country to 104,002 cases.


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