Fakhfakh calls for preserving achievements of phase 1 of targeted lockdown
20/05/2020 21:35, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - In a televised address to Tunisians, Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh, on Wednesday evening, called for the need to preserve the gains made during the first phase of targeted sanitary lockdown and the respect of all provisions taken by the government in the fight against COVID-19.

In his speech broadcast by the public channel Watania 1, Fakhfakh also stressed that Tunisians will now have to live with this virus. He invited all citizens to continue to comply with health provisions during the second phase of targeted containment which will begin immediately after the Aid El Fitr.

The PM said that the greatest challenge will be to find the right balance between living with the virus and returning to normal life.

Tunisia has had to deal with the new coronavirus, with a newly formed government that has implemented a forward-looking and comprehensive approach to manage the crisis and take bold measures, he said.

According to Fakhfakh, current indicators confirm the effectiveness of this approach which, he said, deserves the confidence of Tunisians and shows that the health system in Tunisia has not collapsed and that the country has medical and scientific skills that make it proud.

He also pointed out that the pandemic has caused a global economic crisis without precedent since the Second World War and revealed the real problems of Tunisians, the fragility of the economy and employment and the degradation of the public service, particularly that of health.

The PM also recalled the four main thrusts of the measures taken by the government within the framework of the "Soumoud" (resistance) plan, including social aid for poor categories, measures relating to technical unemployment to preserve employment, the bail-out of companies to preserve their sustainability and measures specific to the most fragile sectors such as small trades, tourism, culture and information.

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