Tunisia-Daily Digest for June 8

COVID-19 updates:

Health authorities reported that the death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 13,0000 after reporting 47 new deaths, the tally now stands at 13027. Also, 1018 new cases were recorded, taking the infection toll to 356750.

In the same context, Member of the scientific committee for the fight against the Coronavirus Amen Allah Messaâdi said that the fourth wave of the epidemic has already begun.

Speaking to Shems FM, he emphasised that the current situation was expected, revealing that the contaminations curve had started to rise towards the conclusion of May, 15 to 14 days after the celebration of Eid.

On the level of vaccines, The Ministry of Health declared this Monday, June 7, 2021, that the total number of people who have been vaccinated since the commencement of the national vaccination campaign, on March 13, has reached 1,159,924 including 33,888 people vaccinated on Sunday, June 6.

President Kais Saïed receives the Director-General of Unesco

President of the Republic Kais Saied welcomed this Monday the Director-General of Unesco Audrey Azoulay at Carthage Palace who is currently carrying an official visit to Tunisia, as part of her participation in the eighth session of the Conference of States parties to the 2001 Convention on the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

The head of the state hailed the leading role that Unesco operates in the dissemination of science, education and culture throughout the world.

He also reaffirmed the call to consolidate partnership with Tunisia through the transformation of its project office into a country office in Tunisia and to secure that the Island of Djerba, which is preparing to host the 18th Francophonie Summit at the end of this year, is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Boukhris explains to President Saïed the reasons for his dismissal from the INLUCC

Following his dismissal, President of the Republic, Kais Saied received the president of the National Authority for the Fight against Corruption Imed Boukhris.Mr Boukhris revealed to the head of state the hurdles and the true reasons for his dismissal in addition to the legal procedures which were not respected in taking such a decision.

Imed Ben Taleb new president of INLUUC

Imed Ben Taleb has been designated as the new head of the National Anti-Corruption Authority (INLUCC) declared the presidency of the government.

According to the same statement, former President Imed Bkhris has been “relegated to other duties”.

PM Hichem Mechichi in Geneva to accelerate the acquisition of vaccines

Prime minister Hichem Mechichi will be in Geneva from tomorrow, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, for a two-day visit to start discussions with the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.The purpose of this visit is to accelerate the process of obtaining Covid-19 vaccines as part of the Covax program

Roland Garros: Ons Jabeur stops in round 16

Ons Jabeur’s adventure at the Roland Garros tournament ended in the 16 Round.

She was defeated by American tennis player Cori Gauff in straight sets (3-6 and 6-1).

PDL sit-in – Admiral Akrout denounces the “instrumentalization” of law enforcement

Speaking to Tunisie Numérique,Retired Admiral Kamel Akrout condemned the moral violence used by the security authorities against the peaceful sit-in held by the PDL near the parliament headquarters in Bardo.

He hinted that government authorities are utilising law enforcement to settle political scores.

Iyadh Loumi: The situation was much better under the Ben Ali regime

Speaking to Tunisie Numérique,MP Iyadh Loumi said that the judge is not entitled to read the law as he sees fit, adding that the arrest of Nabil Karoui breaks all legal and procedural rules.

Parliament sets date to discuss the law on the criminalization of normalization

Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Rights, Freedoms and Foreign Relations, Nesrine Laameri announced today that the committee office will review tomorrow, June 8, 2021, the bill criminalizing normalization with the Zionist entity.

The MP added that the parliament bureau has called for an urgent discussion of the bill.

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