Tunis/Tunisia — Prime Minister Hicham Mechichi inspected, during an unannounced visit to Tunis-Carthage international airport, the COVID-19 circuit for arrivals in Tunisia via this airport and the entries for travellers, as well as the readiness of the means devoted to reducing the extent of the infection, such as the thermal camera, the corridor for flight crews and the waiting room.

In a statement, the Prim Ministry said that Mechichi inspected the way arrivals are handled upon landing, the inspection process and the review of PCR tests and the extent of its validity.

Mechichi stressed, in this regard, the need to respect the health protocol and to tighten the procedures for monitoring arrivals in Tunisia.

According to the same statement, Mechichi recalled that the country is in a state of war against the Coronavirus, which requires “activities on the ground”, adding that his visit to Tunis Carthage International Airport, after the end of the meeting of the national committee for the fight against the Coronavirus, aims at inspecting the procedures and their application at the airport.

Mechichi said that there are many shortcomings recorded, including the slow pace of rapid tests. He called for increased efforts, highlighting, in the same context, recent decisions taken to limit the extent of the infection, such as the mandatory quarantine of travellers from abroad.

Mechichi, who was accompanied by Transport and Logistics Minister Moez Chakchouk and Health Minister Faouzi Mahdi, estimated that 10 % of rapid tests are insufficient.

He also stressed the need to double the sterilisation operations in a simple way and to provide protective equipment to the people in the front rows who deal directly with arrivals.

The National Committee to Combat the Coronavirus had on Wednesday at noon approved new additional measures to deal with the spread of the Coronavirus, including mandatory seven-day containment for arrivals from abroad with PCR testing between the fifth and seventh day and the rapid drafting of a health emergency bill.

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