Tunisia has "passed stage of danger" in fight against COVID-19: official

Source: Xinhua| 2020-04-19 03:33:14|Editor: huaxia

TUNIS, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Tunisian Minister of Health Abdellatif Mekki said on Saturday that the number of coronavirus cases in Tunisia remains moderate, which shows that the country has passed the danger stage.

"The situation would have been better if we were more engaged in general confinement," Mekki assured while speaking on the regional radio station of Tatouine, a public radio broadcast from the province of Tataouine in southeastern Tunisia.

"And yet, we have passed the stage of danger," said the Tunisian Minister, stressing the need to respect basic protective measures against the coronavirus.

Tunisian National Security Council decided on Friday night to extend the nationwide COVID-19 quarantine without specifying the extension period.

"The government will assume the maximum period for it," according to an official statement.

The quarantine was imposed on March 20 for a period of two weeks and then extended for two more weeks till April 20.

As of Friday, Tunisia registered a total of 864 confirmed coronavirus infections with 37 deaths. Enditem