Covid-19: Tunisia reopens borders to tourists after curbing spread of coronavirus

Covid-19: Tunisia reopens borders to tourists after curbing spread of coronavirus

Tunisia reopened its land, sea and air borders for the primary time in additional than three months on Saturday after it introduced it had introduced the coronavirus outbreak below management.

Some operations restarted at Tunis-Carthage airport, with flights to Rome, Geneva and Paris scheduled to depart.

The federal government ended all restrictions on motion and companies after Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh stated on June 14 that Tunisia had received the battle in opposition to the unfold of the virus.

Nonetheless, the pandemic has severely impacted the tourism sector, which contributes almost 10% of gross home product and is a key supply of international forex.

Tourism income within the first 5 months of 2020 have declined by about 50% in contrast with the identical interval in 2019 as motels and resorts have been left empty on account of lockdowns and border closures.

Newest figures present that Tunisia has had 1,064 confirmed circumstances of coronavirus, with 50 deaths.

The North African nation’s economic system is anticipated to shrink as a lot as 7% this 12 months because of the impression of the pandemic, the worst recession in almost 60 years, funding minister Slim Azzabi has stated.

Unemployment will improve by 275,000, in accordance a authorities examine in partnership with the United Nations, he added.

(This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Solely the headline has been modified.)

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