Tunisian President Kais Saied has ordered a lockdown of the country on Friday, 20 March. The lockdown has been put in place to decrease the spread of the coronavirus, following the country’s first death from the virus. Citizens are instructed to stay home and movement between Tunisian cities has been restricted.
In a later statement, the Government advised that the lockdown would come into force on March 22 and last until April 4.
The country’s land and maritime borders have been closed and international flights suspended. The country is anticipating an economic recession causing the central bank to cut its key interest rate by 100 basis points.