Algeria’s President hospitalised amid Covid-19 scare

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The president's hospitalisation comes five days ahead of a referendum on constitutional reforms

The president of Algeria, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, has been admitted to a military hospital in the capital just days before the country is due to vote in an important constitutional referendum.

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On Saturday, Mr Tebboune went into five days of voluntary self -isolation at the advice of his doctors after many of his aides and government figures tested positive for the coronavirus.

Mr Tebboune’s office said that he was in a stable condition in a specialist unit, and that he was continuing to do his work.

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In the statement, however, the presidency did not say Tebboune had contracted Covid-19.

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“On the recommendation of his doctors, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has returned to a specialised care unit of the army’s central hospital in Ain Naadja in Algiers,” said the presidency statement.

“His health is stable and does not raise any concern,” it said, only adding that he “continues his daily activities” from hospital.

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The presidency said on Saturday that Tebboune, 74, had “voluntarily”¬†gone into self-isolation¬†for five days after there were suspected cases of Covid-19 among several officials in both the presidency and wider government.

“I assure you, my brothers and sisters, that I am well and healthy and that I continue my work,” he was quoted as saying on Saturday.

If the president is confirmed to have contracted the virus, he would join a small group of world leaders to have fallen sick from the disease, including US President Donald Trump, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

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The president’s hospitalisation comes five days ahead of a referendum on constitutional reforms that the government hopes will satisfy a protest movement.

Nearly 57,000 cases have been recorded in the country of 44 million, with more than 1,930 deaths.

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