Tunisia imposes new restrictions, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi contracts COVID-19
Tunisia announced new coronavirus restrictions on Friday as the number of deaths increased and hospitals were at 90% of capacity, the health ministry said.
The North African country has recorded an average of 82 deaths per day over the past week, approaching a record 89 deaths per day at the end of April, ministry spokesman Nissaf Ben Aleya said.
“The number of deaths has exceeded our estimates,” Ben Aleya said at a press conference.
There is also “strong pressure on hospitals, which are over 90% full,” she added.
Meanwhile, Mechichi’s office announced that the prime minister, who was vaccinated in April, had been infected with Covid-19.
The restrictions announced on Friday would apply to 28 of the country’s 250 administrative districts where infection rates have increased, the ministry said.
In these neighborhoods, sporting events and celebrations would be banned, shops would remain closed except for those selling basic necessities and residents would be asked to stay in their homes, the ministry said.
Tunisia, a country of nearly 12 million inhabitants, has officially recorded more than 395,362 cases of coronavirus and 14,406 deaths.
About 1.7 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, as the country struggles to get enough vaccines for its people.