Algiers extends containment measures, reopening of businesses ~ #AFP:

Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad “renewed for an additional 15 days, namely from April 30 to May 14, the current containment system as well as all preventive measures,” said his services in a statement.

Djerad called on his compatriots to “continue to observe conscientiously and rigorously, the measures of hygiene, social distancing and protection”, according to the press release.

On Saturday, the Prime Minister had ordered the reopening of several businesses, including hairdressing salons, pastry shops and clothing and shoe stores, in order to “reduce the economic and social impact of the health crisis”.

In addition, since the start of the Ramadan fast month on Friday, the authorities have eased the curfew imposed in several regions of the country due to the epidemic.

In the wilaya (prefecture) of Blida, near Algiers, where the first cases of new coronavirus were recorded, total containment was lifted, giving way to a curfew from 2 p.m. to 7 a.m. local time (1 p.m. to 6 a.m. GMT) .

And in the nine wilayas most affected by the pandemic – including that of Algiers – curfews have been reduced by two hours.

According to official figures, 432 deaths have been recorded so far in Algeria. A total of 3,517 cases have been officially reported.

Algeria (44 million inhabitants) is the African country which deplores the highest number of deaths.

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Source: VOA-AFP.

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