Face masks mandatory in public places nationwide August 5
Category: Health and Medical
Severity: 3 (Moderate)
Source: Drum Cussac
08/06/2020 (Tunisia) - Tunisian health officials announced on Wednesday, August 5, that all individuals will be required to wear face masks in public spaces with immediate effect, in efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure applies to both closed and open-air public spaces.
Tunisian authorities have been reopening the country and easing restrictions since June. The country's air, sea, and land borders have reopened with international airports open and flights to and from Tunisia resuming operations. The nationwide curfew has been lifted and domestic travel between cities and regions has continued. Most businesses have resumed operations at full capacity, mosques have reopened, and public transportation has resumed at a 50 percent capacity.
As of Thursday, August 6, there have been 1601 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tunisia and 51 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.
Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly, and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone non-essential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
* Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
* When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
* If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.
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