Coronavirus prisoner release in Tunisia

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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.