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Algeria reopens mosques and hotels after drop in Covid-19 cases

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The interior of a mosque (illustration). – CHRISTOPHE SAIDI

Algeria reopened this Sunday all the mosques in the country and authorized the taking of hotel activities. Access to mosques will have to be done “in strict compliance with health measures and protocols,” the Prime Minister said in a statement.

Private and public hotel activities will be able to resume, “with the exception of the celebrations of ceremonies and festivals,” the statement said. These decisions were taken as part of a reduction in restrictive measures against the coronavirus in the face of a drop in contamination.

A vaccination campaign launched at the end of January

The government has also lifted the restriction on the activities of cafes, restaurants and fast food restaurants. The 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew has been extended for 15 days in 19 of the country’s 48 prefectures, including Algiers and Blida. These decisions apply from this Monday. All gatherings – weddings, circumcisions and political demonstrations – remain prohibited.

Algeria launched on January 30 its vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in Blida, epicenter of the pandemic, with a first batch of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. The authorities are said to be in discussions with Moscow to manufacture this vaccine in Algeria. Algiers also received doses of the British vaccine AstraZeneca.

In total, more than 110,000 contaminations and 3,000 deaths have been officially recorded in Algeria, the most populous country in the Maghreb (44 million inhabitants), according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health. The first positive case was identified on February 25, 2020.

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