Algerian authorities announced on Monday, April 27, that the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) movement restrictions will be extended through Thursday, May 14. The extension includes the state of emergency, nationwide curfew, and closure of public spaces including schools, universities, and mosques. The overnight curfews in Algiers, Oran, Bejaia, Setif, Tizi Ouzou, Tipaza, Tlemcen, Ain Defla, and Medea run from 17:00 to 07:00 (local time) and in Blida from 14:00 to 07:00.
On Sunday, April 26, Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad announced the easing of restrictions imposed on certain businesses due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Businesses permitted to reopen include those supplying building materials for public works, hairdressers, jewelers, patisseries, and clothing, shoe, and electronics shops. Urban taxis will also resume operations following the implementation of satisfactory public-health measures. The complete list of businesses eligible to reopen can be found here.
Algeria closed all land borders and suspended non-cargo international air and maritime travel as of Tuesday, March 17, and suspended domestic flights as of Sunday, March 22.
As of Tuesday, April 28, health authorities have confirmed 3517 cases of COVID-19 in Algeria, including 432 associated fatalities. Further international spread of COVID-19 is to be expected over 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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