Tunisia has introduced new Covid restrictions as deaths rise and hospitals are at capacity.
Its prime minister Hichem Mechichi has tested positive for COVID.
An average of 82 deaths have been reported a day, over the last week, which is close to the record of 89 in late April, health ministry spokesman Nissaf Ben Aleya said.
Although the country’s hospitals are at 90% capacity, AFP reports. But the capacity of hospitals is being filled.
The new rules will apply to 28 of the country’s 250 districts where infection rates have risen. Sports events and celebrations will be banned, non-essential shops will be closed and residents will be urged to stay at home.
Tunisia has recorded over 395,000 cases and 14,406 deaths. 1.7m people have received over one dose.