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Small cabinet meeting reviews tunisian strategy for targeted lockdown

A small Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday in Kasbah under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh discussed the national strategy for targeted lockdown, said the Prime Ministry.

The arrangement of targeted lockdown takes into account the specificities of the sectors, regions and groups concerned, as well as the degree of preparation to ensure adequate health conditions, including personal protective means and individual and collective disinfection.

It also involves respect for social distancing and the ability to carry out rapid and comprehensive screening tests and the application of isolation measures when necessary, Fakhfakh was quoted as saying in the statement.

All the measures will be set out in specifications to be applied to the companies concerned.

The targeted lockdown strategy, which will be spread over four phases from May 4 to the end of June 2020, will be based on five axes, namely:

– The application of health measures and preventive standards.

– Adaptation of the transport system to the requirements of this period

– Applying prior licences

– Tightening control mechanisms.

– Reviewing working hours in public and private sectors to avoid congestion in workplaces and means of transport.

The details of the national strategy for targeted lockdown, in particular the measures relating to the first phase that will run from May 4 to 18, 2020 will be announced subsequently.

This strategy is based on precise assessment and diagnosis mechanisms, making it possible to adjust the measures, either by lightening or hardening them, according to the phase and the evolution of the epidemiological situation in Tunisia, according to the same source.

In this context, the small Cabinet stressed the need to provide all means of prevention: collective and individual disinfection products, reusable and washable masks, temperature sensors and screening tests.

It also reviewed the progress of the programme for the production of face masks to meet national needs.

It recommended accelerating the implementation of this programme and encouraging manufacturers to contribute to it.

It stressed the possibility of using requisition in case of need (lack of face masks and equipment) to protect individuals and institutions, while taking into account the rights of the sector and consulting with the profession.

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