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Algeria Tightening Travel Restrictions to Limit Coronavirus Infections

Algeria Tightening Travel Restrictions to Limit Coronavirus Infections

Friday, 10 July, 2020 - 04:30
A vendor wearing a protective face mask serves a customer inside her shop, amid concerns over the coronavirus, in Algiers, Algeria April 19, 2020. (Reuters)

Algeria will reimpose travel restrictions on Friday and increase testing in a bid to stop a rise in novel coronavirus infections, the government said on Thursday.

Under the measure, citizens will be barred from traveling to and from 29 provinces including the capital, Algiers, for a week starting on Friday, the government said in a statement after a meeting chaired by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune to discuss the health situation.

The authorities last month eased restrictions, shortening a curfew to 8 pm to 5 am from 7 pm to 7 am in those provinces and ending it in the remaining 19.

The government will also allow all state and private laboratories to conduct COVID-19 tests to help cope with a growing number of patients, the statement said.

The North African country has reported 17,708 confirmed infections and 988 deaths.

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