March 20, 2020 / 4:00 PM / 17 days ago

Tunisia orders lockdown

Tunisia's President Kais Saied gives a speech at the government's swearing-in ceremony at the Carthage Palace outside the capital Tunis, Tunisia February 27, 2020. Fethi Belaid/Pool via REUTERS/Files

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian President Kais Saied on Friday ordered a general lockdown, restricting public movement to counter the spread of the coronavirus.

Speaking in a televised broadcast, Saied said he was asking the majority of people to stay at home and stopping movement between Tunisian cities.

Reporting By Tarek Amara, writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Toby Chopra

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