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Algeria reopens universities after 9-month virus break

Universities closed amid preventive measures to stem spread of coronavirus

Hossam El-Din Islam   | 15.12.2020
Algeria reopens universities after 9-month virus break File Photo - A view of a deserted street after a curfew as part of coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions in Algiers, Algeria on April 4, 2020. Algeria imposed a curfew in ten provinces to limit the spread of the coronavirus. ( Farouk Batiche - Anadolu Agency )

ALGIERS, Algeria

Algeria on Tuesday announced reopening of universities for the new academic year, after a nine-month hiatus due to coronavirus, according to state-run TV.

Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad announced from Mohamed Boudiaf University in the northern M'Sila province the resumption the 2020-2021 academic year.

Students are obliged to maintain preventive measures and social distance.

On Nov. 8, the Council of Ministers set the date for the reopening of universities in all Algerian provinces on Dec. 15. ​​​​​​​

As of Monday, Algeria recorded a total of 92,597 coronavirus cases, including 2,603 deaths and 60,888 recoveries.

*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat

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