March 25, 2020 / 3:41 PM / 13 days ago

Tunisia coronavirus cases jump by around 50%

FILE PHOTO: A view shows a deserted square around the clock tower at the end of Avenue Habib Bourguiba, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tunis, Tunisia March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia has confirmed 59 new cases of the coronavirus, Health Minister Abdelatif el-Mekki said in a televised news conference on Wednesday, taking the total number to 173.

Tunisia has instituted a curfew at nights and a lockdown during the day in which people are only allowed out to buy food or medicine or work in some key sectors.

Reporting By Tarek Amara, writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Jon Boyle

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