Tunisia puts all arrivals under quarantine

TUNIS Tunisia decided to put all arrivals from any country under 14-day quarantine in a bid to curtail coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

“Self-quarantine during the 14-day incubation period is mandatory for all arrivals to Tunisia from all countries without exception,” Director General of Basic Health Care at the Health Ministry Chokri Hammouda was quoted by Tunisia’s official news agency (TAP) as saying.

The latest Tunisian move, which came after the World Health Organization (WHO) had declared the novel coronavirus as a global pandemic, is primarily meant to fend off a looming virus outbreak in the country, Chokri added.

Tunisian health authorities on Thursday announced a rise of its confirmed coronavirus cases to 14, nine of which had arrived back from Italy and France while the rest had close contact with them.

The coronavirus first appeared in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. The pandemic has claimed the lives of thousands of people, mostly in China, Italy, Iran and South Korea.

Source: Kuwait News Agency