Algeria reimposes domestic travel restrictions amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Following the Algerian government easing several restrictions in June, the country has registered several hundred cases a day in July.

al-monitor An Algerian man buys a sandwich at a shop, after the authorities eased some restrictions put in place in a bid to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, Algiers, Algeria, June 7, 2020. Photo by RYAD KRAMDI/AFP via Getty Images.

Jul 13, 2020

Algeria has reimposed domestic travel restrictions as it continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. Travel to and from 29 provinces is now banned for a week, Reuters reported.

Algeria first started easing restrictions in April, and continued to do so in the months to follow. In June, the government ended or reduced the curfew in much of the country and allowed taxis and buses to resume operations in cities.

The restrictions have not been fully related to the coronavirus outbreak in the North African country. In March, the government banned protests, citing the virus. The anti-government Hirak movement started focusing on online campaigns amid the lockdowns in the country.

The reimposed restrictions Friday coincide with an increase in confirmed cases in the country. Algeria has registered several hundred coronavirus cases a day throughout July, according to Worldometer statistics.

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