Tunisia orders general lockdown in bid to contain coronavirus

On Friday, Tunisian President Kais Saied ordered a general lockdown, restricting public traffic to counter the spread of the coronavirus.

Speaking on a TV show, Saied said he asked the majority of people to stay at home and stop travel between Tunisian cities.

The announcement came a day after the tiny North African country recorded its first coronavirus death. The southern Mediterranean country has reported 39 cases of coronavirus and has closed mosques, cafes and markets.

Tunisia’s land and sea borders have also been closed and international flights suspended to try to contain the pandemic.