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09 Nov 2020 | 08:11 AM UTC

Algeria: Authorities tighten COVID-19 restrictions from November 8 /update 28

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Authorities tighten COVID-19 restrictions nationwide from November 8; nightly 20:00-05:00 curfew extended in 29 provinces; continue to follow official directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/9/2020, 12:00 AM until 12/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Algiers). COUNTRY/REGION Algeria

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Event

The Algerian government announced the tightening of a number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions from Sunday, November 8, due to an increase in confirmed cases of the disease across the country. An extended nightly curfew between 20:00 and 05:00 (local time) has been introduced in nine additional provinces, whilst curfews in place in other provinces have been extended, bringing the total provinces under curfews to 29. A full list of areas currently under curfew restrictions can be found here. Authorities also announced that private and public transport will be suspended in urban areas throughout the country during weekends. Interprovincial public transport is also suspended.

Previously, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced that the country's borders will remain closed until the end of the pandemic. Non-cargo international air and maritime travel, as well as domestic flights, also remain suspended. Individuals permitted to enter Algeria, including returning Algerian nationals and foreign travelers, will be required to quarantine for seven days in a government-designated hotel followed by seven days self-isolation at a location of the traveler's choosing.

Although public spaces such as cafes, restaurants, parks, and mosques have been permitted to reopen, the wearing of face masks is mandatory in these areas is mandatory. All public gatherings remain prohibited and a nationwide ban on family gatherings also remains in place. Security forces will enforce measures; violators could face fines or other penalties.

As of Monday, October 9, there have been 62,051 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2048 associated fatalities in Algeria. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

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

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

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.

 

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