Algiers- One hundred and sixty-five (165) confirmed cases with coronavirus (Covid-19) and eight (8) deaths have been recorded during the last 24 hours in Algeria, thus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 5723 and that of deaths to 502, said, Sunday, in Algiers,the spokesman of the scientific committee monitoring the evolution of the Coronavirus pandemic, Djamel Fourar.
With respect to recoveries, 132 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 2,678 persons since the onset of the pandemic in Algeria.
The same official recalled that the decision to ease certain confinement constraints was taken to alleviate the socio-economic effects for the benefit of citizens, adding that the fight against the spread of this pandemic is the duty of all citizens throughout the country, requiring strict compliance with the rules of hygiene and social distancing in markets and commercial premises.
Noting that the lockdown measures as well as the other related preventive ones to face the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) have been extended to May 14th , the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement.
“In consultation with the scientific committee and the health authorities on the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad, after the approval of the president of the Republic, commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, minister of National Defence, has extended, for an additional period of 15 days (from April 30 to May 14), the lockdown measures and the other relevant preventive measures,” the statement said.
The government, “aware of the extra efforts that everyone has to make, reiterates its call for citizens to remain aware of the health, economic and social challenges of the Covid-19.”
It calls on the Algerians to “rigorously abide by the measures of hygiene, social distancing and protection, which are the only current method to stem this epidemic,” the statement said.
The government underlines “the risks incurred by those who do not comply with the enacted preventive measures, and stresses the need for citizens and shopkeepers to be vigilant and behave in a responsible way to enable our country to effectively fight Covid-19”.