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24 Mar 2020 | 09:38 AM UTC

Algeria: Government implements lockdown and curfew in Blida and Algiers March 23 /update 7

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Algerian government dispatches military to Algiers and Blida to enforce COVID-19 curfew and lockdown; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/24/2020, 12:00 AM until 4/11/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Algiers). COUNTRY/REGION Algeria

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On Monday, March 23, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced a full lockdown for the Wilayat of Blida and a partial lockdown for the capital Algiers amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In Blida, residents are to remain home for ten days, with few exceptions, all of which must be cleared by authorities. Checkpoints will be placed in the four corners of the Wilayat and no one may leave or enter Blida. In Algiers, a curfew has been implemented from 19:00 to 07:00 (local time), and gatherings greater than two people are prohibited. Food stores are allowed to remain open in rotation, though crowds must be avoided in the shops. The military is to be dispatched to both Algiers and Blida in order to enforce the aforementioned limitation on movement.

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 announced. A ban on all marches and rallies, and the closure of mosques nationwide was also announced.

Air Algerie is scheduled to arrange flights for citizens returning from France. The airline will also temporarily suspend its flight services to and from Tunis, Cairo, Dubai, Doha, and Amman from March 17. Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad had previously announced the suspension of flights to several African destinations including Senegal, Mali, Niger, Mauritania, Cote d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso from March 19.

As of Tuesday, March 24, there are 230 confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationwide including 17 associated fatalities. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


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.


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.


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