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Tunisia to quarantine 1,200 passengers from France due to ship crew's coronavirus

Christian Fernsby |
Tunisia said on Tuesday that 1,200 passengers arriving by a French ship from the port of Marseille will be placed in quarantine after eight cases of coronavirus infection were found among its crew.

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The Tunisian authorities had to take precautionary measures, including refusing to unload passengers from the ship at the port of La Goulette until necessary places are found to put them in mandatory confinement, Nissaf Ben Alaya, director general of the National Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases, was quoted by Tunis Afrique Presse as saying.

As of Tuesday, Tunisia reported four new coronavirus cases, including one local case, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 1,306.

The Tunisian government has imposed strict confinement measures shortly after the announcement of the detection of the coronavirus case on March 2.

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

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