Algeria covid-19 (coronavirus) dashboard

Last updated: 6 July 2020 @ 09:00

Statistics

Following the announcement by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune that only the Ministry of Health may publish statistics on the number of cases of covid-19 in Algeria, we invite you to visit the Ministry’s dedicated website to view the latest figures.

Timeline of major events
  • 29June 2020: Lockdown and curfew extended until 13th July 2020
  • 14 June 2020: Lockdown and curfew loosened for some wilayas. Some additional commercial activities, services and public transport re-authorised
  • 07 June 2020: Some commercial activities and services re-authorised
  • 04 June 2020: The scientific covid-19 monitoring committee has submitted recommendations to the government on bringing the country out of lockdown
  • 28 May 2020: Authorities announce that lockdown has been extended to  13th June 2020 except for the wilayas of Tindouf, Saida, Ilizi and Tamanrasset where the lockdown is completely lifted
  • 12 May 2020: All existing lockdown measures are extended until 29th May 2020
  • 11 May 2020: The Minister of Health  states that lockdown measures will be ended once  ‘the number of new cases has been reduced to less worrying levels and the number of deaths is close to zero’.
  • 27 April 2020: Authorities announce extension of lockdown measures until 14th May 2020
  • 23 April 2020: Authorities announce the relaxation of some lockdown measures
  • 18 April 2020: Authorities announce extension of lockdown measures until 29th April 2020
  • 23 March 2020: Authorities announce additional containment measures following a meeting of the High Security Council
  • 22 March 2020: The Minister of Health announces that Algeria has now entered phase 3 of the epidemic
  • 19 March 2020: Authorities announce additional containment measures following a high-level meeting focussing on the covid-19 crisis
  • 17 March 2020: President Tebboune addresses the nation and summarises the steps taken by the government to combat the spread of covid-19. President Tebboune announces a number of significant new measures in addition to maintaining some exisiting measures and extending others.
  • 13 March 2020: The first case of covid-19 is confirmed in the capital city Algiers and in other areas of the country
  • 12 March 2020: The first death of a patient diagnosed with covid-19 is confirmed in the wilaya of Blida
  • 08 March 2020: Authorities release around 30mn USD of funding for treatment and testing
  • 03 March 2020: Additional cases begin to emerge in Blida after those who came into contact with the confirmed case are traced
  • 01 March 2020: An Algerian residing in France is diagnosed with covid-19 while visiting family in the wilaya of Blida, northern Algeria
  • 25 February 2020: The first case of covid-19 is diagnosed in Algeria. The case involves an Italian national working at the Menzel Ledjmet-Est (MLE) gas field in Ouargla, southern Algeria. The patient is repatriated to Italy and living quarters at the gas field are placed on lock-down. No additional related cases are reported
  • 03 February 2020: Algerian authorities repatriate 31 Algerians along with 17 Tunisians, Libyans and Mauritanians from Wuhan (China). The evacuees are placed in quarantine and are ultimately released after testing negative for the virus

Main containment measures

Air, sea and land transportation

  • Algeria’s land borders are closed from 17th March 2020 until further notice
  • All ferry services are suspended from 17th March 2020 until further notice. Cargo shipping will continue
  • All passenger flights are suspended from 17th March 2020 until further notice. Cargo flights will continue

Regional measures

In the wilayas of Ain Defla, Ain Temouchent, El Bayadh, El Tarf, Ghardaïa, Guelma Illizi, Jijel, Mila, Mostaganem, Naama, Saida, Skikda, Tamanrasset, Tebessa, Tiaret, Tindouf, Tizi-Ouzou and Tlemcen:

  • No curfew

In all other wilayas:

  • A curfew from 8pm to 5am

Authorised activities:

The following activities are currently authorised across the country:

  • Food shops (bakeries, milk and cheese shops, grocery stores, fruit and vegetable stands, butchers)
  • Shops selling cleaning and hygiene products
  • Shops selling pharmaceutical and para-pharmaceutical products
  • Establishments and sectors providing basic public services, in particular those relating to public sanitation, water, electricity and gas supply and telecommunications, postal, banking and insurance agencies
  • Private healthcare facilities, including doctors’ practices, testing laboratories and medical imaging centres
  • Activities related to pharmaceuticals and medical devices
  • Establishments for distributing fuel and energy products
  • Activities of a vital nature, including wholesale markets
  • Workshops for the maintenance, repair and inspection of motor vehicles, agricultural machinery and equipment, including tyre repair and supply shops
  • Auto parts traders
  • Suppliers of essential agricultural supplies
  • Traders and distributors of agricultural inputs
  • Fishing and aquaculture activities and fishmongers
  • Shops selling animal foods, medicine and supplies
  • Private veterinary practices
  • Shops selling IT and communications equipment
  • Workshops that offer computer or household appliance repair services
  • Hardware or DIY stores
  • Specialised shops selling medical and orthopaedic devices
  • Construction activities, including subcontracting and design offices (architects, town planners, civil engineering activities)
  • Ceramic artists, plumbers, carpenters, painters
  • Travel agencies
  • Real estate agencies
  • Handicraft sales
  • Shoemakers and tailors
  • Maintenance and repair activities
  • Sales of household goods and home decor
  • Sales of sporting goods
  • Sales of games and toys
  • Patisseries and confectionery sellers
  • Take-away ice cream and drinks sellers
  • Fast food for take-away consumption only
  • Sales of bedding and upholstery
  • Sales of household appliances
  • Sales of cosmetic and hygiene products
  • Sales of cut flowers, garden centres and sales of medicinal herbs
  • Photographic studios and professional printing and photocopying activities
  • Public showers excluding hammams (Turkish baths)
  • Vehicle maintenance, repair and washing activities
  • Art galleries
  • Sales of musical instruments
  • Antique dealers and flea markets
  • Bookstores and stationery stores
  • Barbers for men
  • Livestock markets
  • Hair salons for women
  • Clothing and shoe sales
  • Driving schools
  • Vehicle rental

The following activities and services are reauthorized only in the 19 wilayas in which lockdown has been removed:

  • Bars/drinks outlets with outdoor seating and/or take away options
  • Restaurants and pizzerias with outdoor seating and/or take away options

Closures and cancellations:

  • The Walis of Ain Témouchent, Algiers, Béjaïa, Boumerdes, Jijel, Oran, Mostaganem, Skikda and Tipaza have closed the beaches of their respective wilayas
  • All reception halls, family parties and other events are closed until further notice
  • A mandatory ‘safe distance’ of at least one metre between any two people must be respected in any establishment open to the public
  • All marches and gatherings are prohibited throughout Algeria from 17th March 2020 until further notice
  • All primary schools, middle schools, secondary schools, universities, vocational training centres, private education centres, nurseries, Koranic schools, zawiyas and literacy centres are closed from 12th March
  • All mosques and places of worship are closed from 17th March 2020 until further notice
  • The Council of the Nation, the upper house of the Algerian Parliament, has suspended all parliamentary activities from Monday 16th March until further notice
  • All hearings in criminal and correctional courts are suspended until further notice. The suspension will apply to both initial hearings and appeals. Cases that are already under way will take place behind closed doors
  • All bars, clubs, restaurants, reception and wedding venues, hammams (Turkish baths), arcades and fairs are closed from 15th March
  • All major trade fairs and conferences have been postponed until after June 2020
  • All sports, youth and leisure facilities are closed from 16th March
  • All sporting events (championships, cup tournaments etc.) involving any kind of sport are postponed from 16th March

Other emergency measures

  • It is compulsory to wear a face mask in all  closed or open public spaces such as public administrations, markets, souks, cemeteries, shops, car parks (parking lots) and shared or private vehicles. Failure to wear a face mask will be penalised
  • All exports of strategic food and health products are banned
  • The government will implement additional measures in markets to ensure that essential foodstuffs remain available
  • Steps will be taken to ensure that speculators do not stockpile healthcare products
  • Anyone publishing fake news about the epidemic in Algeria will be prosecuted
  • Hospital capacity will be increased
  • The current public health awareness campaign will be expanded
  • 1 550 000 face masks are currently available and 54 million additional masks have been ordered
  • The Ministry of Health’s existing special surveillance committee will be reinforced with additional scientific experts
  • The Ministry of Finance will be authorised to facilitate imports of foodstuffs and to expedite associated banking transactions
  • Other resources, including the army, may be called in to help if necessary
  • Authorities reserve the right to further restrict individual freedoms if necessary

Tax and financial measures

  • Deferral of tax declarations: For companies taxed under the real regime and licensed professionals, the deadline for filing the monthly G50 tax declaration for February and March has been pushed back to 21st June 2020. As a result, companies will be required to file three declarations (February-March-April-May) and pay the associated taxes by this date. However, companies that report to the Directorate of Large Enterprises (DGE) must continue to file their tax returns electronically and pay taxes online. For taxpayers covered by the flat rate (IFU) regime, the deadline for filing the G50ter return (IRG/wages January-February-March-May) has been pushed back until 21st June 2020. For companies under the real regime, the deadline for filing annual financial statements has been extended until 30th June 2020. For companies reporting to the DGE, the deadline for filing annual financial statements has been extended until 31st May 2020.
  • The deadline for submitting annual financial declarations (forms Gn 1, Gn 4 and Gn 11) has been extended from 30th June to 30th July 2020 for all those concerned.
  • Extension of deferral for provisional IRG/IBS payments: The deadline for paying the first instalment of Global Income Tax and Corporate Profit Tax (IRG/IBS) has been extended until 20th June 2020.
  • Flexible payment plans: Companies facing financial difficulties may request a payment plan to pay off their taxes. Similarly, those already on a tax payment plan may request additional flexibility in the event of cash flow difficulties.
  • Suspension of retained earnings tax: The tax on retained earnings, which was introduced in the 2020 Budget Bill and was due to apply from fiscal years 2016 onwards, has been suspended.
  • The deadline for April’s employee social security (CNAS) payments has been extended for an additional 30 days until 30th May. In addition, the deadline for non-employee social security (CASNOS) payments has been extended until 30th September from its initial date on 30th June.
  • The deadline for the payment of vehicle tax discs has been extended to  30th June 2020.
  • The Bank of Algeria has announced that banks and financial institutions can now postpone repayments of loan instalments or reschedule the debts of customers who have been impacted by the economic challenges resulting from covid-19. They may also grant additional loans to customers even if their existing loans have been deferred or rescheduled.
  • The minimum threshold for the liquidity coefficient of banks and financial institutions has been reduced to 60%. Also, banks and financial institutions are currently exempt from the requirement to hold a financial safety cushion.
  • Contract deadlines and penalties for late completion of projects have been suspended for all public-sector contracts with local authorities, public bodies and state authorities to protect companies who are currently unable to complete work or services by the original deadline.

Changes to working hours / e-payment

  • Algeria’s state-owned banks have adjusted their opening hours in wilayas now under partial lockdown from 3pm to 7am. In these wilayas, bank branches will be open to the public from 8.45am to 1pm daily.
  • Algérie Télécom has announced that it will not cut off landline phone lines and that the due date for paying phone bills will be extended for a period of one month. The company has also announced adjusted opening hours for wilayas affected by lockdown measures. In the wilaya of Blida, under total lockdown, the El Wouroud and Bougara branches will be open from 10am to 2pm. In wilayas on lockdown from 3pm to 7am, agencies located in wilaya capital cities will be open from 8am to 1pm and all other agencies from 9am to 1pm. In wilayas on lockdown from 7pm to 7am, agencies located in wilaya capital cities will be open from 8am to 6pm and all other agencies from 10am to 2pm.
  • Algérie Poste has announced changes to its opening hours. Post offices will now open from 8am to 2pm from Saturday to Wednesday and from 8am to 12pm on Thursdays. Algérie Poste has also decided to prioritise to account balance enquiries and cash withdrawals and postpone other postal operations.
  • Société Nationale d’Assurance (SAA): Working hours are from 8:30am to 1pm for wilayas under curfew from 3pm to 7am and from 8:30am to 3pm for all the other wilayas.
  • Compagnie Algérienne d’Assurance et de Réassurance (CAAR): Working hours are from 8:30am to 1pm for wilayas under curfew from 3pm to 7am, while normal working hours apply in all other wilayas.
  • Compagnie Algérienne des Assurances (CAAT): Working hours are from 8:30am to 1pm for wilayas under curfew from 3pm to 7am, while normal working hours apply in all other wilayas.
  • Compagnie d’Assurance des Hydrocarbures (CASH): Working hours are from 8:30am to 1pm across the country.
  • The Ministry of Work and Employment has announced that exceptional measures have been introduced to allow employers to pay social security (CNAS) contributions at any branch office across the country rather than at the agency with which they are registered. Also, the statutory timeframes for filing applications for sick pay have been temporarily lifted. In addition, those applying for sick leave will be exempt from medical check-ups until the end of April.
  • The Bank of Algeria has sent a note to intermediary banks informing them that they may now use documents sent electronically to carry out procedures relating to import operations. The decision was taken as a result of disruption to international courier services following the suspension of passenger flights between Algeria and other countries.
  • The state-owned petroleum products company NAFTAL has announced that it is now possible for its corporate customers (companies and institutions) to recharge pre-paid fuel cards remotely. Customers can now recharge cards via bank or postal transfers without visiting a NAFTAL branch in person.
Official recommendations
  • Authorities are encouraging Algerians to avoid congregating in groups and only to leave the house if absolutely necessary
  • Parents are encouraged to keep their children at home rather than allowing them to play outside in groups
Emergency number
  • 3030 : Dedicated government covid-19 phone line
Useful links

 

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