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Algeria judges refuse to oversee vote if Bouteflika participates – statement

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It is one of the biggest blows to the ailing leader since protests started more than two weeks ago.

In a statement, the judges added that they were forming a new association.

Bouteflika returned to Algeria on Sunday after undergoing medical treatment in Switzerland.

Tens of thousands from all social classes have been demonstrating unrelentingly for three weeks against his decision to stand in April’s election.

The rejection was against a stale political system dominated by veterans of an independence war against France that ended in 1962.

The protesters have rejected his offer to limit his term if he wins the vote.

In the clearest indication yet that the generals sympathise with protesters, the chief of staff said the military and the people had a united vision of the future, state TV reported.

Lt.-Gen. Gaed Salah did not mention the unrest.

Hours before Bouteflika’s arrival, his ruling FLN party urged all sides to work together to end the crisis and promote national reconciliation, Ennahar TV said.

The 82-year-old president has rarely been seen in public since a stroke in 2013.

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Algeria to resume economic activities on June 7 with precautionary measures

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The Algerian government on Thursday announced that economic and commercial activities will resume on June 7 as part of easing the COVID-19 lockdown.

The Prime Minister‘s office said in a statement that the resumption of economic activities will be accompanied by compliance with strict precautionary measures.

It added that the measures must be scrupulously respected and applied by all operators, traders and customers.

Under the plan, the gradual recovery of economic, commercial and service activities will initially be implemented in two phases, with the first phase starting on June 7 and the second on June 14.

It stressed that “all customers must wear a protective mask and managers of establishments will be held responsible for noncompliance with this obligation.”

The first phase concerns the resumption of activities in several sectors, including building and public works, subcontracting activities, design works and some commercial sectors.

The activities in the second phase will be identified and adopted by the public authorities according to the development of the coronavirus situation.

Algeria, which announced the first COVID-19 case on Feb. 25, has taken precautionary measures against the virus since the beginning of March.

As of Thursday, Algeria confirmed 9,831 COVID-19 cases, including 681 deaths.

China and Algeria have offered mutual help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. A Chinese medical team arrived in Algeria on May 14 for a 15-day mission to help fight the COVID-19, through sharing China‘s experiences in controlling the contagious disease.

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Algeria extends lockdown as COVID-19 infections near 9,000

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Algerian authorities on Thursday announced the extension of lockdown from May 30 to June 13, as the number of infections with COVID-19 in the country near 9,000.

“After consultation with members of the Scientific Commission in charge of following up the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic, and after approval of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, the government decided to extend the lockdown period for an additional 15 days, starting from May 30 until June 13,” read a statement by the Prime Minister Office.

It said 16 provinces, including the capital Algiers, will remain under partial lockdown from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m., while the rest will observe partial lockdown from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The government urged the citizens to wear face masks and respect hygiene and social distancing rules to curb the virus’ spread.

Earlier on Thursday, head of the commission Djamel Fourar said that 140 new infections were registered in the last 24 hours.

Fourar specified that the total number of infections rose to 8,997, while death toll hit 630 after seven new deaths were reported.

He added that 148 patients were discharged from hospitals, as the total recoveries reached 5,277 cases.

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Chinese medical team ends mission to help fight against COVID-19 in Algeria

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A team of Chinese medical experts on Thursday ended their mission to help tackle the COVID-19 epidemic in Algeria after two-week work.

Director of the Asia-Oceania Department of the Foreign Ministry of Algeria Boumediene Guennad expressed his country’s gratitude to the Chinese medical team and spoke highly of their work.

He stressed that their work will help Algeria overcome the epidemic at an early date.

Chinese Ambassador to Algeria Li Lianhe said that the Algerian government and experts gave a high evaluation to the work of the Chinese experts during their two-week stay in the country, which will help the two sides strengthen communication and learn from each other during the fight against the COVID-19.

The Chinese medical expert team arrived in Algeria on May 14 to help fight the coronavirus, through sharing China‘s experiences in the spread of the contagious disease.

They carried out extensive and in-depth exchanges with their Algerian counterparts on the prevention and control measures of COVID-19, clinical treatment techniques and laboratory testing.

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Algeria tightens restriction measures to contain COVID-19 spread during holiday

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Roundup: Turkey’s COVID-19 cases surpass 156,000; Chinese experts in Algeria hold video conference on virus prevention

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Turkey’s COVID-19 cases on Sunday exceeded 156,000. Meanwhile, Chinese medical experts in Algeria shared with Chinese people in Tunisia the experience in the prevention of the coronavirus via a video conference.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, increased to 156,827 after 1,141 new infections were reported, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted.

The death toll from the coronavirus in the country rose to 4,340 after 32 new fatalities were added in the past 24 hours, he said, adding that 1,092 more patients recovered, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 118,694.

On the same day, Chinese medical experts in Algeria answered questions related to COVID-19 during a video conference which was participated by workers from Chinese companies and Chinese people living in Tunisia.

At the invitation of the Algerian government, the Chinese medical expert team arrived in Algeria on May 14.

In Iran, the tally of COVID-19 infections reached 135,701 with 2,180 new infections.

The country also reported 58 new deaths from the virus on Sunday, raising the death toll to 7,417. A total of 105,801 coronavirus patients have recovered, with 2,615 still in critical condition.

Saudi Arabia announced 2,399 new cases and 11 more deaths, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 72,560 and the death toll to 390.

The kingdom also reported 2,284 more recovered patients, taking the total recoveries to 43,520.

In Qatar, 1,501 new cases of coronavirus infections were detected, bringing the total number to 43,714, of whom 23 have died and 9,170 recovered.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced 781 new COVID-19 cases and one more death, raising the tally of infections to 29,485 and the death toll to 245.

The total number of recoveries from the virus in the UAE rose to 15,056 after 561 more patients fully recovered.

Kuwait reported 838 new cases and eight more deaths, raising the country’s total number of infections to 21,302 and the death toll to 156.

The country’s tally of recoveries hit 6,117 after 370 more patients recovered.

Egypt’s coronavirus cases soared to 17,265 after 752 new infections were added.

The country witnessed a record of 29 daily new fatalities of COVID-19, raising the death toll to 764. The Egyptian Health Ministry also reported 179 more cases of recoveries, increasing the total recoveries to 4,807.

The North African country has received three batches of medical aid from the Chinese government to help its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Israel reported five new COVID-19 cases, the lowest single-day rise in the country since March 7, bringing the tally of coronavirus infections to 16,717.

The number of recoveries in the country increased by 63 to 14,153.

It is worth noting that the death toll from COVID-19 in Israel remained 297 as no new death case has been recorded for four consecutive days.

Oman’s Ministry of Health announced 513 new cases of infections, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 7,770, including 36 deaths and 1,933 recoveries.

In Morocco, the tally of the coronavirus infections increased to 7,433 after 27 new cases were added, which included 199 fatalities and 4,703 recoveries.

Iraq confirmed 197 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections to 4,469, of whom 160 have died and 2,738 recovered.

In the mean time, the Iraqi Health Ministry said that further health preventive measures will be taken next week after the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, including maintaining the partial curfew to help curbing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Iraq has received batches of medical aid from China and the support from a team of Chinese medical experts during their 50-day stay.

In Lebanon, the number of COVID-19 infections increased by 17 to 1,114, while the death toll remained unchanged at 26.

Jordan registered four more infections, bringing the total coronavirus cases to 708, including nine deaths and 471 recoveries.

Meanwhile, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Yemen’s government-controlled provinces increased to 222, as 10 new cases were confirmed.

The death toll of the pandemic climbed to 42 in different areas of the government-controlled provinces, including the southern port city of Aden.

So far, the pro-government health authorities have recorded 10 recoveries.

In addition, health authorities in the Yemeni Houthi rebel-held capital Sanaa has declared earlier a total number of four infections in northern Yemen, including one death.

In Syria, 16 new cases were recorded, raising the overall number of infections in the country to 86 which included four fatalities and 41 recoveries.

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Chinese medical experts in Algeria hold video conference about COVID-19

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Chinese medical experts in Algeria on Sunday held a video conference with Chinese people in Tunisia for the prevention of the COVID-19.

Organized by the Chinese embassy in Tunisia, workers from Chinese companies and Chinese people living in Tunisia participated in the video conference.

During the conference, Chinese medical experts answered questions related to the COVID-19, including the prospect for the resumption of the work of Chinese companies in Tunisia and personal protection measures against the COVID-19.

Chinese Ambassador to Tunisia Wang Wenbin said that Chinese people in Tunisia strengthened their confidence in the prevention of the COVID-19 through the training event.

Zhou Lin, the expert team leader and the deputy director of Chongqing Municipal Health Commission, said the expert team is willing to provide support and professional consulting for Chinese people in Tunisia to fight against the epidemic at any time.

At the invitation of the Algerian government, the Chinese medical expert team arrived in Algeria on May 14.

During their stay in Algeria, they have already carried out extensive and in-depth exchanges with their Algerian counterparts on the prevention and control measures of the COVID-19.

They also held several video conferences with Chinese companies and Chinese people in Algeria for the prevention and control of the COVID-19.

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Algerian PM recommends teaching Chinese language by educational platforms

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Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad on Tuesday highlighted the necessity to include Chinese among the foreign languages taught by different educational platforms in this North African nation.

Attending the inauguration ceremony of a new TV channel named El Maarifa (knowledge), which is dedicated to offering distance learning, Djerad recommended teaching the Chinese language in the programs of this channel.

“In addition to Arabic and French, I recommend to add English, and Chinese in particular, in the learning programs,” Djerad said.

China is a world leading nation in the high tech sector, hence it’s necessary for us to master the Chinese language, in a bid to learn more about this far away civilization, and thus reinforcing our strong bilateral relations,” he said.

The new channel, the first of its kind, will provide distance learning content to Algerian students at all levels and all specialties, including those preparing for final exams.

This new TV channel broadcasts programs via Algeria’s Alcomsat 1 satellite.

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Algeria tightens lockdown during fast-breaking feast

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Algerian government on Tuesday said it has tightened restriction measures in a move to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“During the two days of the Eid al-Fitr feast, the lockdown measure will be tightened, as it will be applied from 1 p.m. to 7 a.m.,” the Prime Minister Office said in a statement.

The source noted traffic of all vehicles, including motorcycles, will be suspended.

The government further urged people to observe prevention measures as well as sanitary and social distancing rules, in addition to wearing face masks, in particular in markets and cemeteries, warning “fines would be imposed on citizens not wearing masks.”

Eid al-Fitr, or the festival of breaking the fast, is a religious holiday that follows the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

In this regard, the government also urged people to avoid public gatherings and family visits and reunions during the festival.

Earlier on Tuesday, Head of the COVID-19 Detection and Follow-up Commission, Djamel Fourar, told a daily press briefing that the total infections in the country surged to 7,377 after 176 new cases registered over the last 24 hours.

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Roundup: Chinese medical experts provide guidance to Chinese companies in Algeria for COVID-19 prevention

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Chinese medical experts have provided guidance on the prevention of COVID-19 for Chinese and Algerian workers at projects of Chinese companies in Algiers, capital of Algeria.

The Chinese medical team visited the project of Baraki Stadium undertaken by the China Railway Construction Engineering Group (CRCEG) on Saturday.

The experts evaluated the protective measures of the project and conducted on-site training on epidemic prevention for the project management personnel and 60 worker representatives.

They also provided psychological counseling to Chinese and Algerian employees.

Pi Xiangkui, manager of the Algeria branch of CRCEG, said that the expert team brought not only knowledge and materials, but also confidence and hope to them.

“The project’s staff are confident in achieving the double victory of epidemic prevention and production management,” the manager said.

The Chinese expert team also visited a quarantine center set up by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) in Algiers on Friday.

The experts offered training on epidemic prevention and treatment.

Zhou Lin, the expert team leader and the deputy director of Chongqing Municipal Health Commission, said the expert team is willing to work together with Chinese companies to fight against the epidemic, strengthen the exchange of experience and provide guidance and assistance in epidemic prevention and personal protection.

At the invitation of the Algerian government, the Chinese medical expert team arrived in Algeria on May 14.

During their 15-day stay in Algeria, they will carry out extensive and in-depth exchanges with their Algerian counterparts on the prevention and control measures of the epidemic situation, clinical treatment techniques, laboratory testing and information exchange.

At the same time, they will also carry out epidemic prevention and control training for the Chinese medical team in Algeria and provide prevention guidance for Chinese people and Chinese companies in the African country.

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