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27 avr. 2020 | 15h23 UTC

Algeria: Authorities announce easing of COVID-19 business restrictions from April 26 /update 13

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Algerian authorities ease coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions on certain businesses from April 26; follow authorities’ directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 27/4/2020, 12h00 until 30/4/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Algiers). COUNTRY/REGION Algeria

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Event

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.

This measure follows the easing of curfews throughout Algeria on Friday, April 24, the first day of Ramadan. The full lockdown which was in place in Blida province since Monday, March 30, was lifted and replaced with a nighttime curfew to be observed from 14:00 to 07:00 (local time). Further, the nighttime curfew in place in the nine provinces of Algiers, Oran, Béjaïa, Sétif, Tizi Ouzou, Tipaza, Tlemcen, Aïn Defla, and Médéa was shortened to run from 17:00 to 07:00. The curfew observed in the other provinces of the country between 19:00 to 07:00 has remained in place without change.

All land borders remain closed and the suspension of all air and maritime links, except for those transporting goods, remains in place. A ban on all marches and rallies and the closure of mosques nationwide are in effect. Authorities have also ordered all cafés and restaurants in major cities to close as a precautionary measure. Schools and universities have been closed and sporting events have been suspended.

As of April 27, health authorities have confirmed 3382 cases of COVID-19 in Algeria, including 425 associated fatalities. Further international spread of COVID-19 is to be expected over 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). 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.

 

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