Tunisia announces 30 new COVID-19 cases

Tunisian Health Ministry on Friday reported 30 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 227.

Out of a total of 2,045 lab tests, 227 cases were tested positive from 20 provinces out of 24, said a ministry statement.

Tunisia’s first confirmed case has recovered, while six more deaths from the coronavirus are reported in Ariana, Sousse, Mahdia, Sfax, El Kef and Tataouine provinces, the statement noted.

As of Friday, more than 17,888 people have been placed under quarantine in Tunisia, of whom 8,845 have completed the quarantine period.

According to figures from the ministry, the governorates of Tunis, Ariana and Ben Arous are highly affected areas with 55, 34 and 23 cases respectively.
On Thursday, Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said that Tunisia was in “state of war” against the pandemic.

He underlined the need to respect general confinement and mandatory quarantine for people arriving from abroad.

According to Fakhfakh, the general confinement was respected “by up to 80 per cent people across the country … thanks to the strict application of the law and the sanctions taken against offenders.”

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