Five hundred and thirty two (532) new confirmed cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19), and 9 deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours in Algeria, said, Wednesday, in Algiers, the spokesman of the Scientific Committee for the follow-up of the evolution of the Coronavirus pandemic, Dr Djamel Fourar.
Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad decided to extend, for 15 days, the partial lockdown measures (from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m.) and to prohibit road traffic, including passenger vehicles, from and to 29 provinces. The measures, which came into effect from July 28, included the curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and the ban on road traffic from and to the 29 provinces in the country.
The Algerian authorities decided, also, the gradual reopening of mosques, beaches and parks which had been closed for nearly five months due to the Covid-19 epidemic, according to a press release from the presidency, Monday, August 3.
During a meeting of the High Security Council, devoted to the assessment of the health situation, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune instructed his Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad “to program a gradual reopening of places of worship”. This reopening will be limited, in a first phase, to only large mosques with at least 1,000 places, and able to allow the necessary physical distancing “with the imperative to wear a mask by all”.
Mosques – like parks, schools and universities, stadiums and village halls – have been completely closed since March 19. Abdelmadjid Tebboune also urged the government to take the necessary steps to “gradual access to beaches and places of recreation and relaxation”.
Measures called into question if the situation worsens
These measures may be called into question in the event of a worsening of the health situation. The security services will also be responsible, added the press release, to ensure compliance with the instructions for physical distancing between summer visitors and the wearing of the compulsory mask since May 24. Offenders are sentenced to heavy fines.