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Tunisian Prime Minister Ben Ali Al-Abadi announced that night curfews would be imposed in the capital Tunis and the governorates of Monastir and Sousse after 19 cases of COVID had been reported in recent weeks. The new restrictions in and around the city of Tunis and Ben Abidine Ben Abdallah governorate came after a similar night-time curfew was imposed on the Monastsir-Soussousse region in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases, the government said.

Although Tunisia has largely brought the spread of COVID-19 under control since March by imposing strict nationwide closures, there has been a marked increase in cases in recent weeks. The first case of CoVid 19 was reported on 31 December and confirmed cases have since been reported, with deaths linked to the outbreak in the town of Monastir and the town of Soussousse, as well as in the Ben Abidine Ben Abdallah and Monastsir Governorates, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The cause of this outbreak is linked to the ongoing civil war between the Tunisian government and opposition parties.

Thousands of Tunisians, many of them young men, have left the country to join ISIS in Syria, Iraq and Libya. The Arab uprisings that were sparked by youth were small, and they have been low since the uprising spread across the Middle East and North Africa. The country's fighters make up proportionally about 10% of the total number of fighters from the Islamic State (IS) group.

In January-October 2011, Ben Ali's interim government dissolved parties, recognized new political parties and initiated reforms. After a tumultuous year, a new government tried to bring protests and violence in the country under control in 2012, when thousands demonstrated against a more conservative religious government. The low turnout reflects the fact that several governments and a number of parties are disappointed by the lack of public support for their policies.

On October 23, the moderate Islamist Ennahda won the national elections and formed a coalition government with two secular parties. The elected assembly is working on a new constitution, which has sparked debate in parliament, the National Assembly and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of the country.

Tunisia still has a long way to go before it can anchor democracy and militant ideology by early 2019. While tourism revenues in 2018 have risen by more than 40 per cent compared to the previous year, the economy is still in trouble. Tunisians face a challenge as the security situation deteriorates due to an emerging IS offshoot in the country and terrorist attacks.

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When coughing or sneezing, cover the mouth and nose with a flexed elbow tissue and cover the mouth or nose. If you use it, wash your hands and throw the tissue away immediately. If you have other symptoms that indicate a respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call the emergency services immediately or go to a doctor or hospital to prevent the disease from spreading. Patients can get fever, headache, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting. It is recommended that non-essential travel is postponed as some travellers may be refused entry or quarantined upon arrival or during their stay.

Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities may change travel restrictions for travellers staying in the country at very short notice. Virus screening and quarantine measures are in place at all international airports in Tunisia and at other airports and ports of entry and exit.

In 2015, Islamist militants attacked a presidential guard bus, attacked the National Bardo Museum and opened fire on the beach resort of Sousse, killing 39 foreigners. Tunisian militants have fought in several foreign conflicts, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Yemen (compared to the period after 2011). In 2015, they opened fire on a beach resort in Sousa killing 24 people, then gunned down tourists in the capital Tunis.

The government responded by declaring a state of emergency and cracking down on security forces, restoring a sense of public safety. In October 2013, Ennahda handed over power to a transitional government tasked with organising new elections. This was made possible by negotiations between political parties, facilitated in September 2013 by the Tunisian Quartet for National Dialogue.

Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed ElBaradei, a member of Ennahda, was elected president in December, but tensions rose after his assassination. This led to a political crisis and unrest, and in January 2014, the former prime minister's son-in-law, Mohamed Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, killed his father in a suicide attack.

The Tunisian authorities announced on Saturday 3 October that they had imposed an absolute ban on gatherings throughout the country and reduced working hours for public sector employees. According to the Tunisian Ministry of the Interior, a curfew will be in place from 20: 00 to 05: 00 until the end of the day on 4 October.

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