Legal text on compulsory face mask wearing in enclosed spaces to be issued next week (Ben Alaya)
08/08/2020 21:10, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – A legal provision on compulsory wearing of face masks in enclosed spaces will be issued next week, Director of the National Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases Nissaf Ben Alaya said on Saturday.

Speaking after a local Health Council meeting held in Kairouan, Ben Alaya called for compliance with preventive health measures against the COVID-19, such as wearing masks, sterilisation, hand washing and maintaining physical distancing.

She told TAP a number of infections recorded in Tunisia were caused by citizens returning from countries classified in the green list.

It is planned to require a negative COVID-19 test to all arrivals in Tunisia, no matter the classification of the country, she said.

On the ongoing screening campaign in Kairouan, Ben Alaya said "the health situation in the region is concerning" after horizontal infection cases were recorded.

Screening operations must be accompanied by a preventive process, she said, particularly in meeting places, markets and enclosed spaces, through respect for barrier gestures including physical distancing.

Ben Alaya also stressed the need to implement health protocols in all sectors, to intervene immediately and take the necessary measures in places frequented by people who have symptoms.

Such places must be immediately closed and tests must be carried out on people who contacted the infected.

The local health council recommended reinforcing the local laboratory with equipment, providing the local health department with an ambulance and artificial ventilation and activating the agreement on contracts with medics and paramedics to fill the shortage observed at Ibn El Jazzar hospital.

The number of infection cases in Kairouan has reached 15, including 14 domestic.

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