March 13, 2020 / 6:43 PM / 23 days ago

Tunisia suspends prayers in mosque, bans gatherings due to coronavirus

TUNIS, March 13 (Reuters) - Tunisia will immediately suspend prayers in mosques, close cafes at 4pm every day, and ban all cultural, sports and economic gatherings to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said on Friday.

The government has also closed Tunisia’s maritime borders, suspended all flights to and from Italy, in addition to reducing flights with Egypt, Germany, Britain and France.

Tunisia has confirmed 16 cases of the coronavirus, mostly among recent arrivals from Europe, and the disease is expected to hit its crucial tourism sector hard. (Reporting By Tarek Amara; Editing by Pravin Char)

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