Algeria tightens lockdown during fast-breaking feast

Source:Xinhua Published: 2020/5/20 17:28:07

Medical workers are seen at the Boufarik Hospital in the province of Blida, Algeria, on March 3, 2020. Algerian Health Ministry announced on Tuesday that three new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, bringing the total number in the country to eight. The three new cases were recorded in the family circle of the previous four cases in the province of Blida. (Xinhua)

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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