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Tunisia coronavirus cases jump by around 50 per cent

It comes as parliament prepares for an extraordinary session to deal with the virus

Tunisia has 59 new cases. EPA
Tunisia has 59 new cases. EPA

Tunisia has confirmed 59 new cases of the coronavirus, Health Minister Abdelatif el-Mekki said in a televised news conference on Wednesday, taking the total number to 173.

Tunisia has instituted a curfew at nights and a lockdown during the day in which people are only allowed out to buy food or medicine or work in some key sectors.

It came newly-elected Prime Minister Elyes FakhFakh made a bid to expand the powers of his office to respond to the coronavirus crisis, which has infected over 430,000 people worldwide and killed almost 20,000 people.

A parliament session is due to be held on Thursday to discuss how to halt the virus, but Mr FakhFakh is set to face stiff opposition to a draft bill asking for the ability to temporarily ratify laws without the say-so of parliament for a period of two months.

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied on Monday ordered the army to deploy in the streets to force people to respect a lockdown imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus.

Updated: March 25, 2020 08:07 PM

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