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Algeria reports 527 new coronavirus cases, highest daily record

Algeria has recorded 527 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, health authorities said, the highest single-day increase in the North African country.
In recent weeks, the number of infections in Algeria has been on an upward trend.
Tuesday’s update brings the total number to 20,216 cases, including 1,028 deaths, according to Djamel Fourar, the spokesman for the committee monitoring the pandemic.
On Friday, the government put 29 provinces out of the country’s 48 under lockdown for one week. A night-time curfew is in place in these provinces, including the capital Algiers.
The increasing infections have put pressure on health-care facilities in the country, prompting President Abdelmadjid Tebboune last week to order increasing equipment and medical oxygen at hospitals across the country.
Tebboune also authorized public and private laboratories to carry out blood tests related to Covid-19 to ease pressure on the governmental Pasteur Institute.
Mosques are closed nationwide. Since March, international and domestic flights have been suspended and land borders closed.