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U.N. calls on Tunisia to immediately release detained official

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Tunisian national Moncef Kartas is a member of a panel of experts that monitors sanctions, including an arms embargo, on Libya and reports their findings to the U.N. Security Council.

He was detained in late March at Tunis airport.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the detention and prosecution of Kartas was “in violation of the privileges and immunities that have been granted to Mr Kartas in the interests of the United Nations.”

He told reporters on Wednesday that the United Nations has formally asked Tunisia for Kartas’ “immediate release and for the charges against him to be dropped.”

A spokesman for a Tunisian anti-terrorism judiciary unit told Tunisian state news agency TAP on March 30 that the detained official had traveled in a private capacity on his Tunisian passport, meaning he was not entitled to diplomatic immunity and could be arrested.

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Tunisia to reopen land, air and sea borders from June 27

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Tunisia decided to reopen the land, air and sea borders from June 27, Tunisian government announced on Monday.

Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh also decided that Tunisian nationals abroad will be repatriated from June 4, after his meeting with the national commission to combat coronavirus.

Tunisia has reported 1,084 confirmed coronavirus cases so far.

China has helped Tunisia in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 16, China donated a batch of medical aid to Tunisia’s Ministry of National Defense, including facemasks, test kits and medical protective googles.

Meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Tunisia Wang Wenbin on May 1, Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said his country is grateful to China for its support in Tunisia’s ant-coronavirus fight.

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Tunisia announces 1 new COVID-19 case

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Tunisian Ministry of Health announced on Sunday the detection of one new COVID-19 case, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to 1,077.

No new case of death has been identified, and the death toll stood at 48 while a total of 960 patients have recovered.

The Tunisian government has imposed strict confinement measures shortly after the announcement of the first coronavirus case on March 2.

China has helped Tunisia in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 16, China donated a batch of medical aid to Tunisia’s Ministry of National Defense, including facemasks, test kits and medical protective googles.

Meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Tunisia Wang Wenbin on May 1, Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said his country is grateful to China for its support in Tunisia’s ant-coronavirus fight.

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Tunisia announces 3 new imported COVID-19 cases

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Tunisian Ministry of Health announced on Friday the detection of three new imported COVID-19 cases in Tunisia, bringing the total number of infected people to 1,071.

The ministry said in its daily epidemiological report that the three new imported cases have been recorded in Manouba, Kairouan and Gafsa provinces.

No new case of death has been identified, and the number of the death cases stood at 48.

The Tunisian government has imposed strict confinement measures shortly after the announcement of the first coronavirus case on March 2.

The North African country has received several batches of medical aid from the Chinese government, foundations and companies since late March for its fight against the pandemic.

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Tunisia extends state of emergency for 6 months

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Tunisian President Kais Saied decided Friday to extend the state of emergency, imposed throughout the country since November 2015, for six month.

President Saied decided to extend the state of emergency in the entire territory of the republic for a period of six months, starting from May 30, 2020,” said a presidency statement without giving further details.

The state of emergency in Tunisia was first declared on Nov. 24, 2015, following a bloody bomb attack on a bus of the presidential guards, killing 12 agents.

Tunisian emergency law allows the authorities’ exceptional powers, including carrying out home arrests, banning official meetings, imposing curfews, monitoring media and press, prohibiting assemblies, and media censorship without permission from the judiciary.

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Baccalaureate students resume classes in Tunis, Tunisia

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Students wearing face masks are seen in a class at a school in Tunis, Tunisia, on May 28, 2020. Baccalaureate students resumed classes in Tunis on Thursday. (Photo by Adel Ezzine/Xinhua)

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Tunisian defense minister, British ambassador discuss Libyan crisis

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Tunisian Defense Minister Imed Hazgui received on Wednesday British Ambassador to Tunisia Louise De Sousa at the ministry’s headquarters in the capital Tunis, reported Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP).

The meeting focused on ways to strengthen military cooperation between the two countries as well as developments on the regional scene.

The Tunisian minister stressed the need to promote military cooperation and to diversify its components in an atmosphere of mutual trust.

Hazgui reiterated Tunisia’s position which calls for a rapid and comprehensive solution to the crisis in Libya via national dialogue and within the framework of respect for international legitimacy.

“The solution to the Libyan crisis should be based on the agreement of all its factions away from any foreign interference,” TAP quoted the minister as saying.

For her part, the British diplomat hailed Tunisia’s success in confronting the coronavirus pandemic.

She affirmed her country’s readiness to strengthen the capacities of the Tunisian army in all areas and to promote cooperation between the two countries.

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Tunisian PM says gov’t committed to push forward reforms

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Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh affirmed Wednesday that the government is determined to move forward on the path of major reforms, in particular the digitization of public administration.

Fakhfakh made the remarks at a ceremony held at the headquarters of the government in capital Tunis on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, also stressing the importance of “preparing well for the postcoronavirus phase.”

He praised the efforts of all in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic and in ensuring the proper functioning of public services under general confinement and partial lifting of lockdown.

So far, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country stood at 1,051.

The Tunisian government has imposed strict confinement measures shortly after the announcement of the first coronavirus case on March 2.

The North African country has received several batches of medical aid from the Chinese government, Chinese foundations and companies since late March to help its fight against the pandemic.

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Tunisia reopens cafes, restaurants as pandemic winds down

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After a lockdown of more than two months, Tunisia on Tuesday conditionally reopened cafes and restaurants as part of its partial lifting of the anti-coronavirus restrictions.

Under the government’s decision, customers have to take away with the ordered drinks and meals without staying in the cafes and restaurants, in order to avoid gatherings.

These conditions will continue to be applied until June 4, after which cafes and restaurants will resume their activities normally.

On May 21, Lobna Jribi, Tunisian minister in charge of major national projects, announced new measures to revive the economy.

Jribi told a press briefing that 75 percent of activities in the industry, services and construction sectors, which were previously closed to curb the spread of COVID-19, will resume activity on May 26.

The gradual opening of the economy remains dependent on compliance with the preventive measures, including wearing masks, social distancing and hand hygiene.

As of Monday night, Tunisia reported no new COVID-19 case. So far, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country remained at 1,051.

The Tunisian government has imposed strict confinement measures shortly after the announcement of the first coronavirus case on March 2.

The North African country has received several batches of medical aid from the Chinese government, Chinese foundations and companies since late March to help its fight against the pandemic.

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Mandatory COVID-19 quarantine costs Tunisia 5.19 mln USD: health official

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The mandatory quarantine in Tunisian medical centers over the COVID-19 concerns has so far cost the state 15 million dinars (5.19 million U.S. dollars), a health ministry official said Tuesday.

“So far, the state has taken care of 15,000 Tunisian nationals who returned from overseas,” Mohamed Rabhi, head of the health quarantine commission at the ministry, was quoted by the private radio station Mosaique FM as saying.

“The mandatory quarantine of Tunisian nationals returning from abroad has become payable,” he added.

But students, employees whose contract of employment has expired, Tunisian nationals in difficult financial situations, and those who have been stranded in the destination countries will be exempted from the quarantine fees, Rabhi noted.

Asma Shiri, the government spokeswoman, announced a few days ago that the quarantine period would be reduced to one week from two, during which two screening tests will be carried out, with one upon arrival and the other upon exit.

According to the latest report released Tunisia reported no new COVID-19 cases.

The number of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tunisia has totalled 1,051, with no new ones reported in the latest report by the health ministry on Monday night.

The Tunisian government imposed strict lockdown measures shortly after the announcement of the first coronavirus case in the North African country on March 2.

China has helped Tunisia in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 16, China donated a batch of medical aid to Tunisia’s Ministry of National Defense, including facemasks, testing kits and medical protective goggles.

(XINHUA)

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