The Algerian government decided on Sunday to reopen all mosques across the country in strict compliance with health measures and protocols.
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This comes as part of the moves to ease coronavirus-prevention restrictions in light of a national drop in infections.
In addition, the government has authorised the resumption of all public and private hotel activities — with the exception of ceremonies and celebrations.
Also lifted are activity restrictions of cafés, restaurants and fast-food chains — including the obligation to only offer food and drink takeaway services and to close at 9 pm.
However, the 10 pm to 5 am curfew will be renewed for 15 days in 19 of the 48 prefects in the country — including Algiers and Blida.
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Nevertheless, all gatherings i.e. weddings, circumcisions and political demonstrations — will remain banned.
All decisions will go into effect from Monday.
In a full-circle moment, Algeria launched its vaccination campaign on January 30 in Blida — the locale of the first reported case of the virus and the epicentre of the pandemic.
The kickoff was by way of a first batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
The Algerian authorities are in talks with Moscow to manufacture this vaccine in Algeria itself, according to local media reports.
Algeria is partnering with Russia to produce COVID-19 vaccines (Sputnik V) locally.
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Algiers has also received doses of the British AstraZeneca vaccine.
In total, more than 110,000 contaminations — including nearly 3,000 deaths, have been officially registered in the most populous country in the Maghreb since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic on February 25, 2020, according to the latest report from the country’s Ministry of Health.