Tunis/Tunisia — Member of the scientific committee to combat the coronavirus Amin Salim said Thursday the COVID-19 preventive measures adopted at the border crossings are sufficient at present, and can prevent the arrival of a new variant of the coronavirus.
He told TAP "Tunisia has no intention for the moment to close its air, sea and land borders amid a new wave of spread of coronavirus recorded in several countries, especially northern Europe, Russia and its neighboring countries."
Salim pointed to the likeliness of strengthening preventive measures depending on the evolution of the epidemic situation around the world.
"Scientists believe southern European countries will experience a virulent wave of COVID-19 next January, requiring Tunisia to tighten protective measures, which could go as far as to close borders with countries experiencing severe pandemic waves," he said.
In addition, he reviewed the preventive measures implemented by Tunisia at border crossings, including the presentation of an evidence of a complete vaccination scheme and a negative "PCR" test conducted within 72 hours.
A recent report published by the World Health Organisation revealed that Europe and Russia have experienced an increase by 7 pc in infection cases, while a decline or stability of the pandemic was recorded in other countries.