Tunisia bans internal travel to contain pandemic

Tunisia is now experiencing a very rapid spread of the disease with more than 55,000 cases and intensive care units full in some regions. (File/AFP)
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Updated 29 October 2020

Tunisia bans internal travel to contain pandemic

  • Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi has said Tunisia cannot afford a second lockdown

TUNIS: Tunisia on Thursday banned travel between the country’s regions, suspended schools and public gatherings and extended a curfew, as it tried to contain a rapid surge of COVID-19 cases with hospitals nearly full.
Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi has said Tunisia cannot afford a second lockdown with the government already fighting the central bank over a projected deficit double what it had originally foreseen.
However, after successfully containing the coronavirus in the spring and summer, Tunisia is now experiencing a very rapid spread of the disease with more than 55,000 cases and intensive care units full in some regions.
As well as banning internal travel in most cases, the new rules include a suspension of schools until Nov. 8, a two-week suspension of universities and a ban on protests and public gatherings of more than four people.
A night curfew already in place in several regions has been extended across the country and brought forward to start at 8pm instead of 9pm on weekdays, while remaining at 7pm on weekends.


UAE condemns killing of Iranian scientist, calls on all parties to exercise self-restraint

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UAE condemns killing of Iranian scientist, calls on all parties to exercise self-restraint

  • Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in an ambush near Tehran on Friday
  • He has been described by Western intelligence services as the leader of a covert atomic bomb programme

LONDON: The UAE condemned the killing of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and called on all parties to exercise self-restraint on Sunday, Emirates News Agency reported. 

“The region is experiencing a period of instability, and security challenges push us to all to avoid actions that would lead to an escalation,” the news agency quoted the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation as saying. 

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in an ambush near Tehran on Friday.

He has been described by Western and Israeli intelligence services for years as the leader of a covert atomic bomb programme halted in 2003, which Israel and the United States accuse Tehran of trying to restore in secret.