Tunisia imposed a strict curfew on the capital and declared a state of alarm throughout the country, to try to stop the enormous “acceleration in the number of infections by COVID-19“, which in several of the provinces already exceeds one hundred positives per 100,000 inhabitants.
As of this Thursday, the near 1.5 million people Living in the metropolitan area of the so-called “Greater Tunisia”, they will not be able to go out between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. local time during the week, or between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Likewise, from Friday all the chairs will be removed from the cafeterias and restaurants, and it cannot be consumed in any establishment in an attempt to reduce socialization, one of the main reasons for contagion according to the authorities, who today expressed their alarm at the momentum of the curve.
Growth of contagions
“Some provinces have registered 100 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, This is alarming, “explained today the spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health, Nissaf Ben Alaya.
“During the last 14 days, the average is 72.9 positives per day, per 100,000 inhabitants. About 1,200 infections are recorded daily,” added the doctor, before insisting that the Containment measures to prevent the epidemiological situation from deteriorating.
An upward trend that increases day by day since last June 27, Tunisia opened its borders after nearly three months of total isolation. The experts also warn that the peak of the contagion curve has not yet been reached and that this could arrive in October or early November with the risk of the collapse of the health system, already deficient.
According to the latest report from Ministry of Health– which in recent weeks has delayed more than 48 hours in the publication of official statistics – the country registered a total of 2,312 cases and 48 deaths between October 4 and 5, a record number since the beginning of pandemic.
The total and official figure since the pandemic broke out is 24,542 positives and 321 deaths, more than twenty times higher than the number of infections at the end of June.
The director of the Pasteur Institute, a reference center for infectious diseases in Tunisia, Hechmi Louzir, pointed out that the 85% of positives are asymptomatic and that workers will be able to return to their post ten days after performing a detection test, while those with symptoms will be able to work three days after the fever has disappeared.
On the other hand, 5% of infections affect under 14 years although no case has had to be transferred to a hospital so far.
For its part, the federation of secondary school teachers He threatened on Tuesday to declare a national boycott if the Department of Education does not respect the application of the sanitary protocol and revealed that at least 500 teachers have tested positive since the beginning of classes, on September 15.
The union also demanded that the State recognize COVID-19 as a professional illness, as it has recently done with health personnel.
In a speech to the nation, the Prime Minister, Hichem Mechichi, announced a series of preventive measures to be applied during the next fifteen days and that include the prohibition of any cultural, commercial and sporting manifestation, working days for the public function of five hours and with rotating groups in the Administration and mandatory use of the mask in public space.
In statements to Efe, the National Union of Nurses denounced the lack of reliability of the figures published by the Government and regretted the deterioration of their working conditions, without protective material and a sanitary protocol “Of course”, so he demanded a new confinement in the country.