Over 1,000 people arrested for breaching COVID-19 general lockdown, curfew (ministry)
30/03/2020 15:04, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- Interior Ministry Spokesperson Khaled Hayouni said 1,031 people were taken into custody for breaching the coronavirus curfew since its coming into force on March 18.

Hayouni told TAP a further 197 people were detained over failure to comply with the general lockdown.

The spokesperson added that 13,682 driving licenses and 13,980 vehicle registration cards were withdrawn in the period from March 23 to 30 at 6:00 am, as part of security forces' efforts to enforce the lockdown. Likewise, 627 vehicles have been seized since March 27, Hayouni added.

Security forces also seized hundredS of tons of staple commodities as part of the drive to combat speculation and distribution of goods outside legal channels. 92 vehicles used for this purpose were seized in the period from March 18 to 29.

The ministry official urged citizens to fully comply with the general lockdown to save lives.

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