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Tunisia suspends prayers in mosque, bans gatherings due to coronavirus

Reuters , Friday 13 Mar 2020
Health personnel monitor a thermal scanner as passengers arrive at Tunis-Carthage Airport in the Tun
Health personnel monitor a thermal scanner as passengers arrive at Tunis-Carthage Airport in the Tunisian capital Tunis (AP)
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Tunisia will immediately suspend prayers in mosques, close cafes at 4pm every day, and ban all cultural, sports and economic gatherings to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said on Friday.

The government has also closed Tunisia's maritime borders, suspended all flights to and from Italy, in addition to reducing flights with Egypt, Germany, Britain and France.

Tunisia has confirmed 16 cases of the coronavirus, mostly among recent arrivals from Europe, and the disease is expected to hit its crucial tourism sector hard. 

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