Tunisia targeted lockdown measures are proving effective

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Update Icon of Colored Outline style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS ...UPDATE:  Tunisia targeted lockdown measures are proving effective as it marked 3 consective days without any new confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Source: NFA, May 12, 2020

Employees at a Tunisian factory are churning out 50,000 face masks a day and other protective medical gear.

Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey INSIGHT:  Director General of the National Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases Nissaf Ben Alaya said:

“It would take at least 40 days without any new infection to be able to say that Tunisia has gone beyond this phase, due to the fact that the zero case does not mean that the virus no longer exists.”

Security | Free IconSecurity INSIGHT: Tunisia has started to ease lockdown measures, pointing to the relative success of the restrictions it imposed early on in the pandemic.  although schools will largely remain closed until September. Hairdressers officially opened on Monday, while cafes and mosques are due to reopen on 24 May.

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Tunisia’s nationwide lockdown began March 22, when it had just 75 confirmed cases. The UK, by contrast, did not impose a national lockdown until it had over 6,000 cases, while Italy did not go ahead with the measure until it recorded more than 9,000. Tunisia also took the early step of quarantining patients with mild symptoms in designated facilities such as hotels rather than allowing them to isolate at home as in Italy — a policy that doctors now say was a fatal flaw.


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Authorities strictly enforced lockdown measures in high-risk areas, patrolling the streets and even arresting those in violation of quarantine and social distancing regulations.

Civil society groups and private businesses also played an important role in helping fight the virus. Some 150 Tunisian employees of a factory helped make face masks more accessible by self-isolating at their facility in order to produce 50,000 per day. Meanwhile, numerous start-ups and civil society groups mobilized to develop and provide innovative medical protective gear to hospitals and deliver aid packages to those in need.



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Traveling family ‘stuck’ on a Mediterranean island due to Covid-19

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Update Icon of Colored Outline style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS ...UPDATE: As the novel coronavirus stops globetrotters and other adventure travelers in their tracks, one French family of nomads is waiting out the lockdown on a Tunisian island in the Mediterranean.

Source: AFP, May 8th 2020

Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey Article INSIGHTTunisia has officially declared over 600 positive Covid-19 cases, including 25 deaths, since reporting its first case at the beginning of March.

Tunisia has officially declared over 600 positive Covid-19 cases, including 25 deaths, since reporting its first case at the beginning of March.

Security | Free IconSecurity INSIGHT: Tunisia started the first stage of the national strategy for a partial lifting of lockdown which includes three phases: from May 4 to 24, from May 24 to June 4, and from June 4 to 14.

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Tunisia RE-OPENS …May the 4th be with them!

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Update Icon of Colored Outline style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS ...UPDATE: Tunisia on Monday relaxed lockdown measures with an initial phase of gradual reopening for the vital sectors of the economy, society and exports.

Source: AAWSAT, May 4th 2020

Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey Article INSIGHT: Tunisian officials reported that it had recorded four new COVID-19 infections in the country over the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number to 1,013. The health ministry statement noted that 42 people who had tested positive for the virus had died in the country and that 328 have recovered thus far.

Security | Free IconSecurity INSIGHT:  Over the last few days there’s been an uptick in civil discontent in response to the government’s COVID-19 response.  While the issue was addressed by government officials, the development adds additional risk to organizations in Tunisia.

COVID-19 will have a NEGATIVE IMPACT on Tunisian Tourism…

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The US embassy is working to schedule one additional repatriation flight for US citizens on May 7. See details here:

At the time of this writing, both the U.S. and UK embassies advises against all but essential international travel.


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Tunisia to REOPEN Economy in Stages…

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Update Icon of Colored Outline style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS ...UPDATE: Tunisia to reopen economy in stages…
The lockdown will begin to be eased on May 4. Further easing after May 11 will include clothing shops and malls

Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey Article INSIGHT:  The lockdown will begin to be eased on May 4. Further easing after May 11 will include clothing shops and malls, said Lobna Jribi, the minister in charge of major projects.

Tentative Stages: 

Stage 1 – May 4th- “Essential Workers + Supporting elements”

What you need to know:  On May 4th, a gradual lifting of the confinement measures will take place. The confinement measures will vary slightly from region to region and includes essential workers and workers in supporting ministries & industries.

Stage 2- May 11th “General Public” Re-open

This stage will include the general public including clothing shops, coffee shops and open markets.

Important to NOTE:  The Tunisian government will provide further detail about the new measures before May 4th.  


Security | Free IconSecurity  INSIGHT: The lockdown, according to Health Minister Abdelatif el-Makki has stopped 25,000 cases of the virus and 1,000 deaths.  Tunisia, has about 500 intensive care beds, has confirmed fewer than 1,000 cases in all.


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Annual Jewish pilgrimage to Tunisia’s Ghriba synagogue CANCELED

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Update Icon of Colored Outline style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS ...UPDATE: Annual pilgrimage to Tunisia’s Ghriba synagogue CANCELED.
Jews gather at the Ghriba synagogue in Tunisia’s Mediterranean resort island of Djerba on the first day of the annual Jewish pilgrimage to the synagogue on May 2, 2018. (AFP Photo/Fethi Belaid)-Source: TOI April 21, 2020

Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey Article INSIGHT: The annual pilgrimage was scheduled for May 7-13.  Hundreds of Israelis, many of them of Tunisian origin, traditionally visit the synagogue for the annual pilgrimage.

The Jewish community on Djerba dates back nearly 2,600 years, much longer than the Christian or Muslim presence on the island.

Security | Free IconSecurity  INSIGHT: Tunisia’s small Jewish community is still recovering from a suicide bombing claimed by Al-Qaeda at the synagogue in 2002 that killed 21 people. Before that, some 8,000 pilgrims used to travel to Djerba for the annual celebration.

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VIDEO UPDATE: Tunisia travel…Pre-Flight COVID-19 tests

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Ahead of boarding their Emirates flight from Dubai to Tunisia on April 15th, masked passengers were given blood tests for Covid-19, with results delivered within 10 minutes. Emirates, which claims to be the first airline to perform these tests.

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Security | Free IconSecurity INSIGHT:  The outbreak is hitting Tunisia’s tourism sector, which represents nearly 10% of gross domestic product (GDP) and is a key source of foreign currency, particularly hard.

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Tunisia extends COVID-19 LOCKDOWN to May 4th…

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Update Icon of Colored Outline style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS ...UPDATE: Tunisia extends coronavirus lockdown to May 4th

Source: Reuters April 19, 2020

Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey Article INSIGHT: The North African country has confirmed 866 cases of the coronavirus and 37 related deaths, and has imposed a lockdown since March. 20.

Security | Free IconSecurity INSIGHT:  The outbreak is hitting Tunisia’s tourism sector, which represents nearly 10% of gross domestic product (GDP) and is a key source of foreign currency, particularly hard.

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COVID-19 IMPACT: Major Damage to Tunisian Economy

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Coronavirus may cause 400,000 travel-related job losses in Tunisia”-Published date: 15 April 2020 

Tunisia forecasts $1.4bn-loss in revenue in tourism sector over Coronavirus pandemic

3-Quick Key INSIGHTS:

  • Estimates project Tunisian economy will lose $1.4bn tourism revenue.

  • Tunisia has recorded a total of 747 cases of the virus and 34.

  • To mitigate the economic effects of the pandemic, Tunisia is seeking to secure a loan up to $877m (Source:  North African Post)

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What’s going ON?

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated Tunisia’s tourism industry, with the vital sector expected to see 400,000 people lose their jobs this year and $1.4bn in lost revenue.

Like many countries across the globe, Tunisia has been under lockdown for weeks, with most residents only leaving their homes for exercise, grocery shopping and pharmacy runs.

 

Economic Challenges Ahead…

But as the second-biggest contributor to the country’s economy after agriculture, the tourism industry has almost completely shut down. Restaurants have closed, as have hotels and land borders, and international flights have been banned.

Tourist arrivals fell from over 7 million in 2010 to 5 million by 2015. But the number of visitors rose to 8.3 million in 2018, a 17 percent increase from 2017

Tourist arrivals fell from over 7 million in 2010 to 5 million by 2015. But the number of visitors rose to 8.3 million in 2018, a 17 percent increase from 2017

Now, under the pandemic, that number is expected to plummet.

Tunisia has recorded a total of 747 cases of the virus and 34 coronavirus-related deaths. So far, 43 people have recovered from the infection.

Tunisia’s number of cases falls well below neighbouring Algeria, which has reported 2,160 cases and 336 deaths, highlighting the need to ban tourism in order to slow the spread, as tourists from Algeria, Russia and the EU make up a large portion of the country’s yearly visitors.

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In a report released on Wednesday, the IMF said in general, economies across the Middle East and North Africa are expected to shrink by 3.3 percent during 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic could not have come at a worse time for Tunisia.  Having just completed a complicated election cycle, the country was looking forward to a much needed successful tourism season.

At the time of this writing both the U.S. and UK embassies advises against all but essential international travel.


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TS Update-(O.S.A.C. Tunis)

Greetings Expats,

On Tuesday, June 17th, security professionals met at the American Cooperative School of Tunis as part of our commitment to networking & sharing practical security information.

At our meeting we signed the official OSAC charter and had various speakers discussed important issues such as Risk Management and Security Support.

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OSAC Tunis Meeting

Security Outlook

Security professionals remain cautiously optimistic about the security situation in Tunisia.  With elections planned throughout the Fall and the ongoing challenges in Libya; we remain committed to empowering the expat community with practical security information.  

Feel free to contact us if you would like to learn more about OSAC Tunis or attend our next meeting in September.

TS Update-(Residential Security Incident in Kasserine)

Greetings Expats,

Over the last few weeks we’ve been discussing the seriousness of residential security and the lack of security on the ground within local neighborhoods.  Last night’s incident in Kasserine where gunmen “attacked the home of the country’s top security official, killing four of the police guarding it”  is a tragic & powerful case and point.  

According to witnesses:  “The assailants were hooded and arrived in a pick-up truck around mid-night in an attempt to enter the house. The group was on board of vehicle type Isuzu D-Max and opened fire on law enforcement officers tasked to secure the house”.  Additionally, authorities say the militants are linked to Al Qaeda, however it is important to note that militants have not claimed the attacks.  

Challenges Ahead

While discussing the incident this morning with one of my most reliable contacts he mentioned a phrase that I often dread:  “mezelet” which loosely means “not yet done”.  As a man that’s very selective about the words he uses, I’ve learned throughout the years that this means there are challenges ahead.  

What types of challenges?  

Well when a top security official’s home is attacked it indicates that groups are active & willing to conduct bold operations.  With the tourist & political campaign season upon us; this will have widespread consequences and we should see a strong response by the Tunisian security forces.  

On the expat side of things we should continue to focus on improving our personal & residential security setup.  After these types of incidents there is always a lot of nervous energy & concern, but as informed expats we should simply evaluate our setup and continue to follow practical security guidelines.  

  1. Review your routes & routines (set down and simply right down your weekly routine…then think of ways to change your routes so that you’re not predictable.)
  2. Walk around your residence and think of a few ways to make it more secure.  
  3. Make sure you are aware of your surroundings and receiving reliable information.   

Let’s continue to share informative information.