Tunisia to quarantine 1,200 passengers from France due to infections by COVID-19 crew

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The cruise ship MS Amera with more than 1,000 European tourists on board arrived at the port of La Goulette on Thursday. Tunisia has experienced a drop in tourism since 2015 when the country was hit by terrorist attacks. In recent years, the local security situation in Tunisia has improved and foreign tourists have gradually increased.
FILE PHOTO: A cruise ship filled with quays of European tourists at the port of La Goulette, Tunisia. The country announced Tuesday that it would quarantine 1,200 passengers from a French vessel after the detection of COVID-19 on board. Photo via Xinhua.

Tunisia said Tuesday that 1,200 passengers arriving by a French ship from the port of Marseille will be quarantined after eight cases of COVID-19 infection were discovered among its crew.

The Tunisian authorities had to take precautionary measures, in particular by refusing to unload the passengers of the ship at the port of La Goulette until the necessary places were found to place them in compulsory confinement, Nissaf Ben Alaya, director general of the ‘National Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases, was quoted by Tunis Afrique Presse.

On Tuesday, Tunisia reported four new cases of COVID-19, including one local, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 1,306.

The Tunisian government imposed strict containment measures soon after the March 2 announcement of the coronavirus case.

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

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