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02 Apr 2020 | 04:17 AM UTC

Algeria: Ongoing restrictions extended through April 19 /update 9

Algerian authorities extend ongoing COVID-19 restrictions through April 19; follow authority directives

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Event

On Wednesday, April 1, Algerian authorities announced the extension of the ongoing nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions until Sunday, April 19. This includes a curfew in effect from 19:00 to 07:00 (local time) in Batna, Tizi Ouzou, Setif, Constantine, Médéa, Oran, Boumerdès, El Oued, and Tipaza provinces amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The curfew was originally enacted in Algiers on Monday, March 23. Also on Monday, the government announced a full lockdown for Blida province through Monday, March 30, during which residents are required to stay at home and no one may enter or leave the province. 

On Tuesday, March 17, the closure of all land borders and the suspension of all air and maritime links - except for those transporting goods - was declared. A ban on all marches and rallies, and the closure of mosques nationwide was also announced.

As of Thursday, April 2, there are 847 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 58 deaths and 61 recoveries, in Algeria. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the coming days and weeks.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.