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150 Tunisian Workers Self-Isolate in Factory to Help Produce Essential Masks During COVID-19 Pandemic

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150 Tunisian Workers Self-Isolate in Factory to Help Produce Essential Masks During COVID-19 Pandemic

The factory has gone into complete lockdown with the rest of the country – with enough food supplies to feed the workers for at least a month, along with cooks, a pharmacist, and doctor selfless choosing to self-isolate in the factory as well.

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The factory has gone into complete lockdown with the rest of the country – with enough food supplies to feed the workers for at least a month, along with cooks, a pharmacist, and doctor selfless choosing to self-isolate in the factory as well.

150 employees at a Tunisian factory south of the capital of Tunis have collectively decided to self-isolate and go on lockdown during the current COVID-19 pandemic, in order to help produce essential face masks and other protective medical gear.

The workers, mainly women, at the Consomed factory were inspired by the other countless selfless acts from the doctors, nurses, and other essential workers during the pandemic, and decided to do whatever was in their power to help. Producing around 50,000 masks a day, they are now providing essential supplies in the ongoing battle to help contain the Coronavirus.

The factory usually exports their medical protective gear, however after going into self-isolation the workers are hoping to produce enough to help locally in Tunisia as well. Tunisia has been in lockdown from COVID-19 since Sunday, with almost 230 cases of the virus and 6 deaths (as of the 27th of March).

The factory has gone into complete lockdown with the rest of the country – with enough food supplies to feed the workers for at least a month, along with cooks, a pharmacist, and doctor selfless choosing to self-isolate in the factory as well. The selfless acts of these workers, who will not be able to see family or loved ones for four weeks, is just another example of the heroic acts seen during the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic.

Employee Khawla Rebhi told the BBC that she deeply missed her family during these trying times, however was encouraged by the other employees’ determination and good cheer. The families of these workers have also shown great bravery and compassion: “My husband and 16 year old daughter supported and encouraged  me to do this,” Rebhi proudly stated.

According to the World Health Organization, there are now almost 720,000 cases of COVID-19 across 203 countries – with over 33,600 deaths from the virus.

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