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(Xinhua/NAN) Algeria on Thursday expressed its rejection to the Turkish military operation in northern Syria and reaffirmed its “full” support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, state-run ENTV channel reported.

“Algeria reiterates its categorical rejection of any military intervention undermining the sovereignty of the Syrian state,’’ said a statement from the Algerian Foreign Ministry, referring to the military operation launched by Turkey on Wednesday.

The statement also expressed Algeria’s “deep concern” over what it described as “serious developments in northern Syria’’.

Turkey on Wednesday announced the launch of a military operation in north-eastern Syria in order to target separatist Kurdish militia.

“Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area,’’ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted on Wednesday.

The announcement of this operation came three days after the U.S. troops pulled out of the region.

The Arab League Foreign Ministers are due to hold an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss Turkey’s “unacceptable attack on the sovereignty of an Arab League member state’’. (Xinhua/NAN)

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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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Chinese medical experts provide guides to Chinese company in Algeria for COVID-19 prevention

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Chinese medical experts provided guidance on the prevention of COVID-19 for Chinese and Algerian workers at a project of a Chinese company in Algiers, capital of Algeria, on Saturday.

Some 13 members of the Chinese medical team visited the project of Baraki Satdium undertaken by the China Railway Construction Engineering Group (CRCEG).

The experts conducted on-site training for the project management personnel and 60 worker representatives.

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.

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, the experts will carry 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.

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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Volunteers offer free fast food of Iftar for needy people in Algeria

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A group of volunteers make and pack free fast food of Iftar for needy people in Algiers, Algeria, May 15, 2020. (Xinhua)

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Armed militant killed in Algeria’s anti-terror operation

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Algerian anti-terror units on Friday killed an armed militant in the woods of Ain Defla Province, 163 km southwest of the capital Algiers, the defense ministry said in a statement.

The militant was killed during an operation being conducted in the locality of Zeddine in the dense forests of Ain Defla, according to the ministry statement.

A Kalashnikov-type submachine gun, three magazines, one grenade and one mobile phone were seized.

The killing came just days after a senior terrorist leader was killed in this ongoing operation.

The North African nation has deployed tens of thousands troops along its border with Mali and Libya to thwart intrusion of terrorists and arms.

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Roundup: Chinese medical team arrives in Algeria to help fight coronavirus; Turkey’s death toll tops 4,000

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A team of Chinese medical experts on Thursday arrived in Algeria to help the North African country fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the death toll from the novel coronavirus surpassed 4,000 in Turkey.

Speaking upon the team’s arrival in the Algerian capital Algiers, Chinese Ambassador to Algeria Li Lianhe said the 20-member team’s visit highlights the distinguished ties between China and Algeria.

During their 15-day stay in Algeria, the Chinese experts will share their experiences in COVID-19 treatment with their Algerian counterparts.

Mohamed El Hadj, director general of Health Department at Algerian Health Ministry, said that Algeria and China will learn from each other’s experiences in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Algeria on Thursday reported 189 new COVID-19 cases, as the tally of infections rose to 6,442, including 529 deaths and 3,158 recoveries.

Turkey, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, on Thursday confirmed 1,635 new COVID-19 cases and 55 more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 144,749 and the death toll to 4,007.

A total of 19 people, including players from two Turkish football teams, tested positive for the coronavirus, the clubs announced.

The Besiktas football club said that eight club staffers tested positive for the virus, after BB Erzurumspor, a football club playing in Turkey’s First Division league, announced Wednesday night that at least 11 members, including four players, were infected with the virus.

Iran reported 1,808 new coronavirus cases and 71 more deaths, bringing the tally of infections to 114,533 and the death toll to 6,854. The number of recoveries rose to 90,539, while 2,758 patients were in critical condition.

Mohammad Alikhani, a member of Tehran City Council, said that Tehran’s public transportation has lost 7 million U.S. dollars per month since the COVID-19 outbreak in Iran in February.

Saudi Arabia announced the registration of 2,039 new COVID-19 cases, as the total number of infections in the kingdom climbed to 46,869.

Saudi Health Ministry also reported 10 more deaths and 1,429 recoveries from the virus, raising the death toll to 283 and total recoveries to 19,051.

Qatar’s Health Ministry announced 1,733 new COVID-19 infections, increasing the total confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 28,272, including 14 deaths.

The United Arab Emirates announced 698 new COVID-19 cases, raising the tally to 21,084. Meanwhile, 407 more patients recovered from the virus, raising the total recoveries in the country to 6,930, while the death toll rose to 208 after two new fatalities were confirmed.

Kuwait reported 947 new COVID-19 cases and six more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 11,975 and the death toll to 88, the Kuwaiti Health Ministry said.

Egypt’s Health Ministry confirmed on Thursday 398 new cases and 15 deaths of COVID-19, bringing the total infections registered in Egypt to 10,829 and the death toll to 571.

The ministry said that all restaurants, schools and universities, gyms and sports facilities will remain closed and all social gatherings including weddings and funerals will also be banned.

The decision is part of a three-stage anti-coronavirus plan in preparation for the gradual return of normal life in the country.

Oman’s Ministry of Health reported 322 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4,341. One more death was recorded, bringing the death toll to 18.

In Iraq, the health ministry reported 111 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the tally of confirmed cases to 3,143.

Morocco’s Health Ministry announced 95 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total cases in the country to 6,607.

Israel reported a rise of 31 COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 16,579, which included 265 deaths and 12,521 recoveries.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said that he approved of a plan to reopen schools and kindergartens, except for those in the severely-affected regions.

Lebanon’s tally of COVID-19 cases increased by eight to 886, while the death toll remained at 26. The Lebanese cabinet has imposed a full shutdown nationwide starting Wednesday evening which will last until Monday morning, in order to contain a resurge in the infections.

Yemen’s Health Ministry reported 15 new infections of COVID-19, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the war-ravaged Arab country to 85.

Lobna Jribi, the Tunisian minister in charge of major national projects, announced on Thursday new measures to partially lift the lockdown amid the COVID-19.

Shopping malls, weekly markets and livestock markets will reopen doors, starting on Friday, while the total confinement for people over the age of 65 and children under the age of 15 will be lifted, Jribi said.

As of Thursday, Tunisia has not reported any new COVID-19 case for four consecutive days.

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Algeria considers compulsory face mask policy

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Algeria is likely to oblige its populations to wear face masks if the spread of the novel coronavirus persists and the situation is not under control, the Health Minister Abderahmane Benbouzid warned Thursday.

During a working visit to the province of Tipasa, 50 km west of Algiers, the minister pointed out that “it is possible that the Scientific Commission for Detection and Follow-up COVID-19 Evolution would recommend authorities to enforce the compulsory wearing of masks.”

Benbouzid said that “the availability of face masks should be guaranteed in case such a decision would be enforced,” noting that Algeria’s needs for masks are estimated at nearly 10 million units per day.

On May 10, the wearing of a mask became compulsory for shoppers in some provinces, including the capital Algiers.

Health authorities in the country reported 189 new infections in the past 24 hours, bringing the total cases to 6,442, head of the COVID-19 Detection and Follow-up Commission Djamel Foutar told a daily press briefing.

He noted that seven fatalities were registered as the death toll hit 529, while the recovered cases jumped to 3,158 after 100 more patients were discharged from hospitals during the last 24 hours.

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Chinese medical experts arrive in Algeria to help fight COVID-19

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A team of Chinese medical experts on Thursday arrived in Algiers, capital of Algeria, to help the North African country fight the coronavirus.

During their 15-day stay in Algeria, the Chinese experts will share their experiences in COVID-19 treatment with their Algerian counterparts.

Speaking upon the experts’ arrival in Algeria, Chinese Ambassador to Algeria Li Lianhe said the Chinese medical team is composed of 20 medical experts who specialize in areas including respiratory, intensive care, infectious diseases, nursing, building and management of hospitals, and Chinese traditional medicine.

Li said the Chinese medical mission highlights the distinguished relations between China and Algeria.

Mohamed El Hadj, Director General of Health Department at Algerian Health Ministry, said “China and Algeria have different ways of dealing with the COVID-19 infections, and we will learn from their experiences and they will learn from ours.”

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Algeria, China bound by excellent relations: presidency spokesperson

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Bilateral relations between Algeria and China are excellent and strategic, a spokesperson for the Algerian presidency said on Wednesday.

“Algeria and China share distinguished relationships dating back to the early years of the Algerian liberation war (1954-1962),” Belaid Mohand Oussaid told a press briefing in Algiers. “We will never forget China‘s support for the Algerian revolution, and the key role played by Algeria to help China obtain back a permanent seat at the UN Security Council.”

Oussaid said the relations between Algeria and China are “strategic, and we pay no attention to those who are disturbed by such excellent relations.”

“Algeria is a free and sovereign nation as it has its own policy and strategy,” he stressed.

China and Algeria established a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2014, and signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative during the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in September 2018.

Algeria has become China‘s fifth largest trade partner in Africa, as trade between the two countries reached 9.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2018.

Since 1963, China has sent to Algeria 26 medical teams of 3,400 doctors, who have treated 23.7 million patients and delivered nearly 1.6 million newborns.

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Algeria presidency warns against violating lockdown measure as COVID-19 cases hit 6,253

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The Algerian presidency on Wednesday warned that violations of the extended lockdown rules, which aim at containing the coronavirus outbreak, would ruin the progress in reducing death cases.

The Spokesperson for the Algerian Presidency Mohamed Belaid Oussaid told a press conference in Algiers that “Algeria is registering stability regarding the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, as shown by the daily official figures, but any violation of the quarantine rules would ruin all efforts made so far by authorities.”

Oussaid stressed that Algeria “was close to exit the danger zone, which prompted the government to relax the lockdown, but the rush of citizens to markets without complying with social distancing rules forced authorities to re-tighten the measures.”

He said the responsibility of the citizen is “key” in any effort aiming at containing this pandemic.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Head of the COVID-19 Detection and Follow-up Commission, Djamel Fourar, announced the registration of 186 new confirmed cases from COVID-19 during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 6,253.

Fourar noted that seven new death cases were also reported, bringing the total fatalities to 522.

Algerian authorities have extended the partial lockdown rules nationwide until May 31, as part of efforts at containing the disease, amid mounting infections and fatalities.

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Algeria extends lockdown in continued effort to contain COVID-19

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The Algerian government on Tuesday announced its decision to extend the country’s lockdown until May 31, in efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the third lockdown extension decision, as the second one is due to expire on Thursday.

Health Minister Abderrahman Benbouzid said that Algeria has avoided the worst scenario thanks to the adoption of efficient treatment protocols and mobilization of all sectors, including the health sector.

He reiterated that the figures of newly confirmed cases are announced every day and may raise concern of the population, but “I would like to reassure that the increasing number of infections is due to the increase of detection sites currently estimated at 20 nationwide.”

Benbouzid noted that the number of fatalities is kept under 10 cases per day, and less than 20 cases are admitted to intensive care units nationwide, adding that the country’s hospitals have a capacity of 6,000 beds.

Health authorities reported 176 newly confirmed cases, eight new deaths and 157 new recoveries during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 6,067, the death toll to 515, and the total recoveries to 2,998.

Algeria reported the first infection with the coronavirus on Feb. 25, an Italian national who was subsequently sent back home.

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Terrorist killed in northern Algeria

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Algerian army on Tuesday killed a terrorist leader in the province of Ain Defla, southwest of capital Algiers, Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The killed terrorist is named Serbah Ahmed, alias “Abu Al-Abbes”, 47 years old. He joined terrorist groups in 1997, and he was a leader of a terrorist group operating in Chlef, Ain Defla, Tissemssilt and Medea, the statement said.

A submachine gun, a pair of binoculars, and three mobile phones were seized during this operation, it added.

The North African nation has deployed tens of thousands of troops along the borders with Mali and Libya to thwart intrusion of terrorists and arms.

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Algeria says not to ease anti-coronavirus lockdown amid continued epidemic

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Algerian Health Minister Abderrahman Benbouzid said on Monday that the government will not ease or lift lockdown measures as long as the epidemic continues.

“Such a decision cannot be envisaged unless there is a noticeable and lasting improvement of the health situation,” Benbouzid was quoted as saying by the official APS news agency during a visit to the province of Medea.

Algeria on Monday said 168 new cases of infections were reported in the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 5,891, while the death toll hit 507 and the recoveries reached 2,841.

On Feb. 25, Algeria registered the first confirmed COVID-19 case and on March 12, the first death was reported.

A few days later, a total lockdown was imposed on the province of Blida, epicenter of the pandemic, while the capital Algiers was subjected to partial lockdown.

The government has extended the lockdown measure until May 14.

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Algerian Ibbou finds presidential support after challenging Thiem over player fund

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Algerian Ines Ibbou was hailed as a hero by Venus Williams while her country’s president pledged full support after the low-ranked tennis player posted an emotional video to take on world No. 3 Dominic Thiem for his opposition to a player relief fund.

Thiem rejected the notion that top tennis players should chip in to help lower-ranked competitors who are struggling financially due to the pause in tournaments due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In the video, which runs over nine minutes and was posted on Ibbou’s Instagram page, the world number 620 starts with “Dear Dominic” and goes on to talk about the difficulties she has had to endure and the sacrifices she needed to make in her career.

The 21-year-old pleads with Thiem to understand the stark difference in the Austrian’s “magical world” and how she had to pursue tennis in the North African country, which she said lacked even basic infrastructure for the sport.

“I cherish the day when I’ll be able to afford a gift for my parents. I’m dreaming about this day,” said Ibbou, who started playing at the age of six but has only managed to make $27,825 in tournament earnings so far.

“I’m a lonely lady, travelling the world generally in three-legged trips, always looking for the cheapest tickets.”

World number one Novak Djokovic has urged fellow professionals to contribute to a fund set up by the sport’s governing bodies to help players affected by a shutdown which began in March and will continue at least until mid-July.

Austrian Thiem said he felt there were sections of society that needed more urgent help than his fellow competitors during the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.

“Do you alternate clay and hard from a week to another like I do,” Ibbou questioned Thiem. “Do you finish your tournaments with holes in shoes like I do?”

“Dear Dominic, unlike you, many share my reality.

“Just a reminder, it’s not because of your money that we survived until now. And nobody requested to you anything.

“The initiative went from generous players who showed instant compassion with a classy touch.”

The governing bodies recently raised over $6 million to help lower-level players affected by the shutdown.

Ibbou said the crisis showed “who people truly are” and helping the needy players was only to help the game survive.

“We did not ask anything from you. Except a bit of respect to our sacrifice,” she said before signing off. “Players like you make me hold on to my dreams. Please, don’t ruin it.”

Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam singles winner, commented on the post: “You’re my hero.”

Ibbou replied: “You’ve always been mine too, and now you’re even more to me. Thank you so much.”

Australian Kyrgios, who had criticised Thiem for his comments, said “Respect!” before adding, “Keep doing you, I’m always willing to support.”

As Ibbou’s post gained popularity and was widely shared on social media, it caught the eye of Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

“Algeria can’t miss a sporting talent like Ines Ibbou in a young age and a flower of giving, in a specialty that is rarely born in it,” Tebboune said in a message for Ibbou on his official Facebook page.

“Soon, the ministry of youth and sports will take care of your work. You have my full support and I wish you success, God willing.”

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Algeria reports highest daily COVID-19 infection rate

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Algeria on Wednesday reported 199 new cases of COVID-19, recording the highest 24-hour infection rate registered in the country.

Head of the COVID-19 Detection and Follow-up Commission, Dr. Djamel Fourar, told reporters that 199 new infection cases were reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total cases to 3,848.

Seven New death cases were reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total fatalities to 444, Fourar noted, adding that the overall recovered cases increased to 1,702 after registering 52 new cured cases.

The government decided on Friday to relax the lockdown measures, tolerating several businesses to re-open in a bid to ease the social and economic impact of the pandemic.

Yet, doctors have warned that such measure could push infection rate to record level if people do not comply with required social distancing and sanitary rules.

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Algeria delays school’s reopening until May 14 amid continued COVID-19 infection

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The Algerian education ministry decided on Tuesday to postpone the reopening of schools until May 14 as more people have been infected with COVID-19.

The postponement aims to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the ministry said, adding the entire school year will not be cancelled as the majority of educational institutions have completed 80 percent of their programs.

Meanwhile, Djamel Fourar, head of the Detection and Follow-up Commission, told reporters that 132 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 3,649.

The death toll has increased to 437 after five new fatalities were added, Fourar said, adding 93 have recovered in the past 24 hours, bringing the tally of recoveries to 1,651.

The Algerian authorities have imposed a partial nationwide lockdown until May 14 as part of their efforts to curb the spread of the deadly virus, calling on all people to “strictly comply with required social distancing and sanitary measures.”

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