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Algeria cancels all gatherings due to coronavirus

The Algerian government has canceled all sports, cultural, political gatherings as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

“All sports, cultural, political gatherings are called off. All exhibitions and fairs are canceled. We’re taking no risks,” Health Minister Abderahmane Benbouzid announced.

The minister said football matches could go ahead but only behind closed doors.

“It’s official, these are recommendations that will be confirmed by the youth and sports ministry,” the health minister told a forum in Algiers organized by a government newspaper.”

The president (Abdelmadjid Tebboune) has instructed us to ban all gatherings, including at stadiums,” he said.

“We are still at phase one, a fact-finding and surveillance phase. We’ve started to build up a stock of masks and medication. It’s an advantage for us to start early when we have only 20 cases.”

So far, Algeria has 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 17 members of the same family.

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