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Algeria Orders Gradual Reopening of Mosques

Algeria Orders Gradual Reopening of Mosques

Tuesday, 4 August, 2020 - 11:45
A general view shows empty streets in Algiers, Algeria March 20, 2020. REUTERS / Ramzi Boudina

Algeria's president has ordered the gradual reopening of mosques for the first time since March.

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered the government to work out a reopening plan for mosques and beaches, according to a statement read on state television.

It will start with large mosques in big cities, where masks and social distancing measures will be required.

Algeria reported 507 new infections Monday, for a total of 31,000 cases, The Associated Press reported.

Algeria has reported the third-highest number of virus deaths in Africa since the pandemic began, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University, with 1,239 confirmed as of Monday.

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