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COVID-19 pandemic in Tunisia
COVID-19 Outbreak Cases in Tunisia.svg
Governorates of Tunisia with confirmed cases
  Confirmed 1~9
  Confirmed 10~99
  Confirmed 100~499
As of 9 August 2020
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationTunisia
First caseGafsa[1]
Arrival date2 March 2020
(1 year and 1 day)
Confirmed cases12,479 (as of 22 September)[2]
Active cases9,938 (as of 22 September)[2]
Recovered2,386 (as of 22 September)[2]
Deaths
174 (as of 22 September)[2]
Official website
covid-19.tn

The COVID-19 pandemic in Tunisia is part of the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease was confirmed to have reached Tunisia on 2 March 2020.

Background[edit source | edit]

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.[3][4]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[5][6] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[7][5] Model-based simulations for Tunisia indicate that the 95% confidence interval for the time-varying reproduction number R t has been stable around 1.5 in July and August.[8]

Timeline[edit source | edit]

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March[edit source | edit]

Tunisia confirmed its first case on 2 March 2020, with the victim being a 40-year-old Tunisian man from Gafsa returning from Italy.[1][9]

In addition, 74 suspected cases in Gafsa have been placed under home confinement.[9] Two of the suspected cases violated the confinement measures, and the local health directorate decided to take legal action against them.[9]

In March there were 394 confirmed cases, 10 deaths and 3 recovered patients. The number of active cases at the end of the month was 381.[10]

April[edit source | edit]

There were 600 new cases in April, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 994. The death toll increased to 41. The number of recovered patients grew to 305. There were 648 active cases at the end of the month.[11]

May[edit source | edit]

On 10 May 2020, Tunisia recorded zero new coronavirus cases for the first time since early March.[12]

During May the number of confirmed cases grew by 83 to 1077. There were seven more fatalities, bringing the death toll to 48. The number of recovered patients rose to 960, leaving 69 active cases at the end of the month.[13]

June[edit source | edit]

In June there were 97 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1174. Two more patients died, raising the death toll to 50. The number of recovered patients grew to 1031, leaving 93 active cases at the end of the month.[14]

July[edit source | edit]

On 17 July the Ministry of Public Health announced that 9 new cases tested positive as of 16 July, including 4 cases of local contamination, raising the total to 1336 confirmed cases.[15]

By the end of the month the number of confirmed cases had risen to 1535, an increase by 361 in July. The death toll remained unchanged. The number of recovered patients grew to 1195, leaving 290 active cases by the end of the month.[16]

August[edit source | edit]

There were 2268 new cases in August, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 3803. The death toll rose to 77. There were 2153 active cases at the end of the month.[17]

Economic consequences[edit source | edit]

On 18 March 2020, the President of the Tunis Stock Exchange (BVMT) noted a 14.2% drop in the stock market index in Tunisia.[18] On 21 March 2020, the flagship index of the Tunis Stock Exchange finished falling by 7.3% to 6,138.82 points.[19]

Statistics[edit source | edit]

Cases identified by Governorate
Governorate Cases Deaths Recoveries
Tunis 883 14 267
Ben Arous 864 7 133
Kébili 190 2 121
Sousse 601 15 136
Ariana 395 9 139
Médenine 270 7 160
Gafsa 83 1 66
Monastir 442 3 71
Sfax 284 7 87
Manouba 116 6 52
Kasserine 73 0 49
Tataouine 130 4 79
Bizerte 118 2 40
Gabès 1044 16 196
Mahdia 90 2 52
Nabeul 213 1 48
Kairouan 190 4 76
Sidi Bouzid 82 3 22
Le Kef 340 2 129
Béja 28 0 17
Tozeur 14 0 13
Siliana 59 0 11
Jendouba 110 2 19
Zaghouan 16 0 8
Total 6635 107 1991
Source: Ministry of Public Health[20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][2]

As of 09 September 2020

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See also[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Italian returnee confirmed Tunisia's first coronavirus case". The Punch. 2 March 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Situation de la pandémie en Tunisie en chiffres". covid-19.tn (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  3. Elsevier. "Novel Coronavirus Information Center". Elsevier Connect. Archived from the original on 30 January 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  4. Reynolds, Matt (4 March 2020). "What is coronavirus and how close is it to becoming a pandemic?". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Crunching the numbers for coronavirus". Imperial News. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  6. "High consequence infectious diseases (HCID); Guidance and information about high consequence infectious diseases and their management in England". GOV.UK. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  7. "World Federation Of Societies of Anaesthesiologists – Coronavirus". www.wfsahq.org. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  8. Future scenarios of the healthcare burden of COVID-19 in low- or middle-income countries, MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Gafsa-COVID-19: legal action taken after two cases fail to comply with home-confinement measures". Tunis Afrique Presse. 9 March 2020.
  10. "Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation report 72" (PDF). World Health Organization. 1 April 2020. p. 6. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  11. "Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation report 102" (PDF). World Health Organization. 1 May 2020. p. 10. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  12. "Tunisia reports no new coronavirus cases for the first time since early March". Reuters. 10 May 2020. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  13. "Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation report 133" (PDF). World Health Organization. 1 June 2020. p. 11. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  14. "Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation report 163" (PDF). World Health Organization. 1 July 2020. p. 11. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  15. "COVID-19: 9 nouveaux cas testés positifs dont 4 cas de contamination locale". lapresse.tn (in French). 17 July 2020. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  16. "Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation report 194" (PDF). World Health Organization. 1 August 2020. p. 9. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  17. "Outbreak brief 33: COVID-19 pandemic – 1 September 2020". CDC Africa. 1 September 2020. p. 3. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  18. "Le président de la Bourse de Tunis recommande des mesures pour sauver l'investissement". Kapitalis (in French). 18 March 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  19. Zine, Imen (21 March 2020). "Bourse de Tunis: chute hebdomadaire de 7,3% à cause du COVID-19". L'Economiste Maghrébin (in French). Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  20. "Tunisie : Neuf cas de contamination au coronavirus dont quatre locaux". webdo.tn (in French). 17 July 2020. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  21. "Tunisie : Deux cas de contamination au coronavirus". webdo.tn (in French). 26 June 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  22. "Coronavirus : Répartition des nouveaux cas selon les régions". tunisienumerique.com (in French). 16 June 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  23. "Aucun nouveau cas de coronavirus en Tunisie". tuniscope.com (in French). 6 June 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  24. "Pandémie en Tunisie, le zéro est de retour". tuniscope.com (in French). 5 June 2020. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  25. "Tunisie : Répartition des 919 guérisons sur les 1051 cas de coronavirus dépistés". kapitalis.com (in French). 26 May 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  26. "Rétablissement de 903 patients du Covid-19". realites.com.tn (in French). 23 May 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  27. "Six nouveaux cas de coronavirus en Tunisie". mosaiquefm.net (in French). 19 May 2020. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  28. "Covid-19 : Retour à " zéro " cas confirmé en Tunisie". realites.com.tn (in French). 18 May 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  29. "Tunisie : Répartition des 802 guérisons sur les 1035 cas de coronavirus". kapitalis.com (in French). 16 May 2020. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  30. "Quatre nouveaux cas de coronavirus en Tunisie". mosaiquefm.net (in French). 9 May 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2020.

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