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Algeria to reopen air, land borders on June 1

An Algerian woman holds a placard as she joins a protest in the streets of Algiers, Algeria, 01 November 2019. Algerian protesters took to the streets as part of weekly Friday protests calling for radical change of the system. The protests coincide with official celebrations of the Algerian War anniversary that resulted in the independence from France. EPA-EFE/MOHAMED MESSARA

ALGIERS, May 16 (Reuters) - Algeria will reopen air and land borders on June 1, but strict measures will be imposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the presidency said on Sunday.

 

Only five flights a day from and to Algerian airports will be allowed “with full adherence to strict precautions”, it said in a statement after a cabinet meeting chaired by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

More details would be announced in a week, it added.

Algeria closed borders and suspended all flights in March 2020 when the number of COVID-19 infections started to increase, but domestic flights resumed in December last year.

The North African country has so far recorded 125,311 coronavirus cases, including 3,374 deaths. (Reporting by Hamid Ould Ahmed; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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