News & Analysis: Tunisia

Tunisia: Empty streets in Tunis as Ramadan begins

“The city centre of Tunisia’s capital Tunis, lies almost empty before “iftar”, or breaking the fast at sunset on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Tunisian government ahead of Ramadan extended its nighttime curfew by three hours, tightening other restrictions. It followed an uptick of COVID-19 infections.”

via Africa News

COVID-19: Morocco suspends flights to and from Tunisia

“The Moroccan authorities decided to suspend flights to and from Tunisia as of April 15, until further notice, the Moroccan Airports Authority announced.”

via Tunis Afrique Presse

Tataouine: COVID-19 situation is “very dangerous,” says Governor

“Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, in Tataouine (South of Tunisia), Governor of the region, Adel Ouerghi described the situation as ‘very dangerous,’ calling on citizens to protect themselves and respect the health protocol in force. The region is now classified as a red zone, he cautioned.”

via Tunis Afrique Presse

Morocco suspends all flight connections with Tunisia as COVID-19 new variants emerge

“The decision by Moroccan authorities is a blow to Tunisia which is set to re-open its airports from April 19 for tourists for this tourism season.”

via The North Africa Post

Frank Aswani: Strengthening Africa’s Social Investment Ecosystem to Help Tackle COVID-19

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Dr. Frank Aswani about ways to bolster Africa’s social investment ecosystem to help the continent’s economic recovery from the pandemic.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Majority of Africans would take a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine

“A survey conducted by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has shown that a predominant majority (79% average) of respondents in Africa would take a COVID-19 vaccine if it were deemed safe and effective.”

via Africa CDC

Coronavirus vaccinations have started. But people in Africa face a much longer wait.

“Public health officials warn that stark disparities are emerging as wealthier countries reserve most of the world’s doses, while poorer countries have secured scarce amounts.”

via Washington Post

Coronavirus vaccinations have started. But people in Africa face a much longer wait.

“Of the 47 countries in the AFRO region, 22 (47%) have never reported sexdisaggregated data on confirmed COVID-19 cases and 35 countries (75%) have never reported such data on deaths. Incomplete and irregular reporting of data by sex poses a challenge in designing and monitoring effective COVID-19 responses.”

via Washington Post

Coronavirus reveals Tunisia’s healthcare dilemma

“Torn between health and economic concerns, Tunisia had relaxed its pandemic restrictions and reopened its borders in June, which resulted in a spike in infections and aggravated the country’s healthcare crisis.”

via Anadolu Agency

The challenges African countries face to get hold of the COVID-19 vaccine

“GAVI, the global vaccine alliance, has been securing vaccine candidates to make the vaccine equally accessible to low-income countries. However, the countries may be required to share some of the costs of delivery which is up to $1.60 to $2 per dose. The economies of most African countries may not be able to afford the vaccine delivery.”

via Quartz Africa