Algeria has reported its first confirmed case of the new coronavirus, an Italian man who arrived in the country on Feb. 17 and has been put into isolation.
The Algerian Health Ministry announcement of a confirmed case of the deadly disease in the country.
Algeria’s Minister of Health, Shamsuddin Shitor revealed that they were able to detect the flu-like virus due to the vigilance system adopted at all land, air and maritime entry points to the country.
He disclosed that an Italian man who arrived the North African country on February 17 has been placed in isolation, as he urged Algerians to be careful of the information they share online. Shitor said;
“One case was confirmed positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), out of two suspected cases (both) of Italian nationality. “
Northern Italy, home to many Algerians, has been the centre of an outbreak of the coronavirus with more than 280 cases and 11 deaths. Its Milan-based energy company, Eni, is also involved in projects in Algeria.
The disease reaches Algeria at a politically difficult moment, following a year of mass street protests that still occur twice a week.