Tunisia currently has more than 500 people in intensive care, a level never seen before in the North African country.
On Sunday, a week of coronavirus restrictions began in Tunisia to allow hospitals to take a leave of absence in the fight to keep hospitals afloat amid the acute treatment of Conid-19 cases.
Prime Minister Hitchem Mechichi said on Friday that Tunisia was overcoming “the worst health crisis in its history” and that health facilities were at risk of collapsing.
Until next Sunday, mosques, markets and unnecessary shops must be closed, gatherings and family or cultural events have been banned and people have been banned from traveling between the regions.
The overnight curfew starts at 7pm (17:00 GMT) instead of 10pm and will remain in effect until 5am.
Schools have been closed since mid-April.
Shops on Tunisia’s central Habib Bourguiba Avenue and the Old City were closed on Sunday, AFP news agency reported.
But the video, shared on social media, showed almost normal activity in several parts of the country, including the country not wearing a mask and failing to respect social distance.
The Eid al-Fitr holiday tradition, marked at the end of Ramadan, is traditionally a time when Muslim families and friends come together.
This year, the holiday is expected to start from Thursday.
More than 31,000,000 coronaviruses and 11,350 people have officially died in Tunisia, a country of 12 million countries.
An unprecedented level in the North African country now has more than five hundred people in intensive care.
The country has set up field hospitals to deal with the influx of patients.
It is also struggling to meet its oxygen needs, and European countries have appealed for help, even from neighboring Algeria, to fight its own health crisis.
A vaccination campaign began in mid-March, a month later than planned, at a slower pace than expected.
“The number of patients in the hospital has almost doubled in just one month,” said Amen-Allah Mesadi, a doctor with the country’s Covid-19 scientific task force.
He added that the use of oxygen had “multiplied by four or six”.
“The situation is extremely serious,” he said.