"We are the only ones producing (protective items) for Tunisian hospitals," director Hamza Alouini told AFP via video call. "I chose to isolate (the company) as a precaution because if the virus gets into the factory, it will be disastrous."
The factory is overwhelmed by the demand. The working day starts with the national anthem, and employees suggests that they "feel like soldiers", France 24 reports. The shifts lasts eight hours, but some workers choose paid overtime.
According to Alouini, some breaks are provided to play a little football or cards or just relax, but he noted that the facility can only continue in this way for a month, as there could be a lack of cash for the company and the isolation may impact employee morale.
In Tunisia, there are 173 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 5 fatalities. Global numbers of patients infected with coronavirus have surpassed 450,000, according to World Health Organization data.