August 31 – September 05, 2020 | Press Revue Algeria

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September 05, 2020 : COVID-19 in constant decline in Oran

In a post published the day before yesterday on his Facebook account, Pr Salah Lellou, head of the Respirology Department of the EHU of Oran, in charge of the COVID-19 unit, estimated that “we are currently in a downward trend” concerning the admissions of patients with the virus in the University Hospital Establishment 1-November.

He indicated, in this regard, that “the last patient in the department affected by COVID-19 was discharged at 6 p.m.” this Thursday, and that this trend has been confirmed since “a week to ten days”. For new patients whose health condition does not cause concern, “they are now referred to the hospital in Chtaibo dedicated to the management of COVID-19,” he explains.

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September 05, 2020: Pr Bioud – “The return of children to school seems safe”.

In an interview granted to our colleague Liberté, Professor Belkacem Bioud, head of the pediatrics department at the Setif University Hospital, answered several questions about the evolution of the Coronavirus pandemic, particularly concerning the case of children and the impact of the virus on their health.

In this same context, and with the approach of the new school year, Professor Bioud considered that “the return of children to school was safe”.

According to him, the respect of barrier gestures could prevent the spread of the virus in the school environment, including the respect of physical distance and the implementation of hygienic measures.

The head of the paediatrics department at the Setif University Hospital recalled that the COVID-19 Pandemic was not over yet, however it is impossible to keep children away from schools forever.

Finally, Professor Belkacem Bioud dwelt on the psychological after-effects that this pandemic could have on children.

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September 4, 2020: No generalized vaccination before mid-2021

“As you know, a considerable number of vaccine candidates have now entered Phase 3 trials. We know of at least 6 to 9 that have already come a long way in terms of research,” said WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris at a press briefing in Geneva.

“But in terms of a realistic timetable, we really don’t expect to see widespread vaccination before the middle of next year,” she added.

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September 4, 2020: Russian Coronavirus Vaccine: First Results of Clinical Trials Unveiled

The Lancet today published a study on the results of the first two phases of clinical trials of Russia’s new coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V.

The study indicated that these results are encouraging, as the COVID-19 vaccine triggers a long-term immune response and does not cause serious adverse events, unlike other vaccine candidates that have experienced adverse events as high as 25 percent.

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September 2, 2020: more than 100 migrants return “voluntarily” to their country of origin

The “voluntary” returns of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are resuming in Algeria despite the coronavirus pandemic. After a first flight concerning 84 Malian migrants in mid-July, a second operation of the same type took place on Monday, August 31.

One hundred and fourteen people “voluntarily returned safely to their country of origin thanks to a flight organized by the IOM (with) the support and approval of the Algerian government,” the UN agency said in a statement. This group of migrants, composed of 102 men, six women and six children, are from Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Liberia.

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September 1, 2020 : Lockdown in Algiers – renewal of exceptional traffic authorizations

“Following the decision of the Prime Minister as part of the gradual and flexible approach adopted by public authorities for the management of the health crisis, the wali of Algiers informs all citizens of the capital that it was decided to renew the partial confinement at home applied and provided for by Executive Decree 20-159 of June 13, 2020, and this for a period of 30 days, from September 1, 2020, from 23:00 to 06:00,” said a statement of the wilaya. “

All persons, all authorities and public and private bodies having obtained exceptional authorizations issued by the services of the wilaya of Algiers and administrative districts after May 15, 2020, that these authorizations remain in force and there is no need to issue new ones,” reads the statement.

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August 31, 2020: Algeria relaxes containment measures

Algeria continues its deconfinement, with seven new measures of relaxation including the reduction in the number of wilayas subject to home confinement from 29 to 18, the reopening of nurseries, bookshops and museums.

The ten wilayas concerned by the lifting of the confinement are Souk Ahras, Tissemsilt, Djelfa, Mascara, Oum el Bouaghi, Batna, Biskra, Khenchela, Msila, Chlef, Sidi Bel Abbès, Bordj Bou Arreridj, Ouargla, Bechar, Constantine, Setif, Adrar, Laghouat and El Oued, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s office.

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August 31, 2020: French researchers announce the discovery of an alternative treatment to the vaccine.

A team of French researchers led by Professor Philippe Karoyan of the CNRS has developed a way to prevent the coronavirus from infecting the body. The treatment would work as a decoy by diverting the virus from the lung cells, the French daily Le Parisien reported yesterday Sunday.

The process could be a new alternative to the vaccine, in the form of a nasal spray or a lozenge, and at a rate of several daily doses, it could thus be used as a preventive measure.

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