Algerian president isolates after aides show virus symptoms

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Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune at a press conference in Algiers on December 13, 2019. (Photo by Billal Bensalem/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
AlgerianPresident Abdelmadjid Tebboune at a press conference in Algiers on December 13, 2019.  (Photo by Billal Bensalem/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune went into self-isolation on Saturday after “several” senior presidential and government officials showed symptoms of COVID-19, the presidency said.

Medical staff recommended the president, aged 74, to isolate for five days, a statement read.

Algeria has officially recorded 55,630 novel coronavirus cases and 1,897 deaths since the start of its outbreak.

After a gradual reduction in the number of cases in past weeks, Algeria has seen a recent resurge.

Algerians vote on November 1 in a referendum on constitutional reforms, a flagship initiative of Tebboune.

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