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.