The first phase of the management of the COVID-19 pandemic threat in Tunisia made it possible to achieve the general objective of the strategy put in place: Slowing down the progression of SARS-CoV-2 and avoiding overshooting the capacity of the health.

Since May 04, Tunisia has started a transition to a new phase in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic: progressive targeted containment. New challenges arise: Avoiding a rebound that would again jeopardize the health system. The risk of rebound largely depends on the application of targeted containment measures and the system’s ability to detect, isolate and treat all new cases early.

As of May 18, 2020, the cumulative number of COVID-19 confirmed cases is 1,043 cases (out of a total of 41,620 samples), corresponding to a cumulative incidence of 8.80 / 100,000 inhabitants and an average daily incidence around of 13 cases [1-48] (see map 1). Among the cases detected, 178 (17.1%) are still active and constituted a risk of transmission if the preventive measures are not well respected.

The occurrence of new cases in the last two days attests to the persistence of the high risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Tunisia.

Tunisia Government Department of Health

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