Tunisia announced Tuesday that it will extend a lockdown to contain the novel coronavirus by two weeks as cases and deaths continue to rise.  

The National Security Council, which was convened under the leadership of President Kais Saied, decided to extend the quarantine from April 4 to April 19, according to a statement by the presidential office.

Saied said there is a need to review the criminal code so as to consider firms acting as food supply monopolists “war criminals.”

Meanwhile, China announced that it is ready to help Tunisia.

President Xi Jinping sent a message to his Tunisian

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