There are currently more than 500 people in intensive care in Tunisia, a level not previously seen in the North African country.
On Sunday, Tunisia began Coronavirus Reduction Week during the Eid holidays, as hospitals are struggling to float among COVID-19 cases.
Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi said on Friday that Tunisia is experiencing “the worst health crisis in its history” and that health facilities are at risk of collapsing.
Until next Sunday, mosques, markets and non-essential shops must be closed, gatherings and family or cultural celebrations are prohibited, and people are prohibited from traveling between regions.
The night sunset starts at 19:00 (18:00 GMT) instead of starting at 22:00 and is valid until 05:00 in the morning.
Schools have been closed since mid-April.
Tunis’s Habib Bourguiba avenue was in the middle and shops in the old city were closed on Sunday, a reporter for the AFP news agency said.
But the videos shared on social media showed almost normal activity in many other parts of the country, with people without masks and not respecting social distance.
The Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of Ramadan, is a time when Muslim family and friends traditionally come together.
This year, the holiday is expected to begin on Thursday.
Tunisia, a country of nearly 12 million, has officially registered 319,000 coronavirus cases and more than 11,350 deaths.
There are now more than 500 people in intensive care, a level not seen before in the North African country.
The country has set up rural hospitals to deal with the arrival of patients.
He is also struggling to meet his oxygen needs, and has called for help from European countries as well as those around Algeria as he struggles with his health crisis.
The vaccination campaign, launched in mid-March, is slower than expected a month later than planned.
“The number of patients in hospitals has almost doubled in a month,” said Amen-Allah Messadi, a doctor in the country’s COVID-19 scientific working group.
He added that oxygen consumption has “multiplied four or six times”.
“The situation is very serious,” he said.