Algeria reports 190 new COVID-19 cases, death toll at 470

A woman wearing a protective face mask disinfects the window of a bus, following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Algiers, Algeria March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
FILE PHOTO: Medical workers are seen at the Boufarik Hospital in the province of Blida, Algeria. (Xinhua)

Algerian health authorities on Tuesday reported 190 new infections with COVID-19, and the number of recovered cases increased to 2,067.

Head of COVID-19 Detection and Follow up Commission, Djamel Fourar, told a press conference that during the past 24 hours, 190 confirmed cases were reported, bringing the total infections to 4,838.

He pointed that five new death cases were registered, bringing the total death toll to 470 cases.

Fourar noted that healed cases are increasing day to day, as the total recoveries jumped to 2,067.

Earlier on Tuesday, Algerian Health Minister, Abderrahman Benbouzid, stated during a visit to the province of Chlef, 200 km northwest of the capital Algiers, that the non-respect of preventive measures by citizens forced the government to suspend again some business activities.

He further urged all citizens to wear face masks in order to limit the spread of the disease, saying that “if every citizen is committed to wear masks, the government will lift the lockdown.”

The minister affirmed that when Algeria manages to overcome the pandemic, the government will start establishing “a new health system.”