Algeria's president hospitalized in Germany for COVID-19

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune flew to Germany last week after several of his aides tested positive for coronavirus.

al-monitor Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune meets with the visiting French Foreign Minister (unseen) in the capital Algiers on Jan. 21, 2020. Photo by RYAD KRAMDI/AFP via Getty Images.

Nov 3, 2020

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune is receiving treatment for the coronavirus in a German hospital, but his condition is improving, the presidency said on Tuesday. 

Tebboune “continues to receive treatment in a specialized German hospital after catching the COVID-19 illness,” his office said in a statement carried by the state news agency. "The medical team is reassured that the president is responding to treatment and gradually recovering."

Tebboune flew to Germany last week after several of his aides reportedly tested positive for the virus. The septuagenarian leader is reportedly a heavy smoker. 

His illness comes as Algeria is grappling with an uptick in coronavirus cases, with health officials on Tuesday reporting 405 new infections and nine deaths. Since Algeria’s first case in February, the North African county of 44 million has registered more than 55,000 cases and nearly 2,000 deaths from the virus. 

On Monday, the US State Department wished Tebboune “a speedy and full recovery,” describing him in a statement as “a friend of the United States.”

Tebboune joins a number of other world leaders who have tested positive for the virus, including President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. 

While Tebboune received care in Germany, the country voted on changes to Algeria’s constitution aimed at addressing the demands of pro-democracy protesters who forced Tebboune’s predecessor from power last year. The referendum, which included limits on presidential terms, passed on Sunday with historically low voter turnout

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