Coronavirus prisoner release in Tunisia


Tunisia’s President Kais Saied ordered the release of 1 420 prisoners in an amnesty to combat the spread of the coronavirus, a presidency statement said.

Tunisia declared a general lockdown to slow infection rates and confirmed 362 cases of the coronavirus with nine deaths.

Government said in a separate statement it would provide food assistance to thousands of families in their homes, starting Friday, for a period of two months.

Saied last week ordered the army to deploy to force people to respect the lockdown.