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Algeria’s main lab anchors COVID-19 response

Algeria’s main lab anchors COVID-19 response

Heroes of WHO Africa’s COVID-19 response WHEN a sample sent to the referral laboratory in the capital Algiers gave a positive result, the Ministry of Health announced Algeria’s first COVID-19 case on 26 February, becoming the second African country to confirm the virus.  Since then, dozens of people have caught the infection. Unlike years past, it now takes just two hours to analyse such specimen. In addition to speed, the laboratory is also striving to ensure testing integrity – an important cog in the efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19. Sample collection, transportation and analysis are critical steps in…
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Algerian police quash protest

Algerian police quash protest

A heavy police presence smothered central Algiers, effectively blocking a resumption of a weekly protest movement that the authorities have decided they can no longer tolerate. A Reuters journalist saw about 20 security forces vehicles in the city centre, six police sitting inside one as it stood by a cafe where people drank coffee at tables outside. Nearby, police stood next to barriers closing off the side streets. One regular protester who gave only his first name Amarouche for fear of reprisals after a wave of arrests had initially said he planned to demonstrate as usual. But later on Friday,…
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“Enough is Enough”, say angry Algerians

“Enough is Enough”, say angry Algerians

THOUSANDS of demonstrators defied a heavy police presence in Algiers yesterday for a march to mark the second anniversary of a mass protest movement that convulsed Algeria before the COVID-19 pandemic forced it off the streets. Chanting "A civilian state not a military state!", "Enough is enough!" and "The people want independence!", protesters walked through the centre of the capital, waving national flags, watched by large numbers of police. Some of the protesters hope to revive the twice-weekly protests that surged through Algerian cities from February 2019 for more than a year, regularly bringing tens of thousands of people to…
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