Tunisian prime minister says country has beaten coronavirus

CAPE TOWN, June 15 (ANA) – Tunisia’s Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said the North African country had beaten the novel coronavirus, with almost no new cases being recorded, Turkish-based news agency Anadolu reported.

Fakhfakh made the announcement on a local television channel on Sunday, adding that Tunisians should be proud of themselves for the “victory”.

The country is set to reopen its borders on June 27, after remaining closed for weeks to limit the spread of the coronavirus which has now infected more than eight million people around the world since December.

Tunisia has recorded 1,096 infections since it reported its first Covid-19 case on March 2.

Out of these, 998 people bave recovered from the virus, while 49 coronavirus related deaths have occured, the latest on June 3.

As the country gradually relaxes lockdown regulations imposed in March, its tourism industry is raring to welcome back visitors in a bid to boost the coronavirus-hit economy.

At the beginning of June, Tunisia reopened mosques, cafes, restaurants and museums.

According to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), Tunisia is set to become the first North African country to reopen its borders at the end of June.

Tourism accounts for 10 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. The Tunisian economy is set to shrink by 4.3 percent due to the coronavirus, the steepest drop since independence in 1956, DW reported.

Out of the more than eight million people infected globally since the virus first emerged in Wuhan, China last December, more than 436,000 have died while just above 4.2 million have recovered.

– African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Stella Mapenzauswa

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