February 26, 2020 / 10:52 AM / a month ago

Algeria not to suspend flights over coronavirus - official

ALGIERS, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Algeria is not contemplating a suspension in flights but will reinforce controls on planes from Italy after it confirmed its first case of coronavirus in an Italian man, a health ministry official said on Wednesday.

Everyone who has been in contact with the 61-year-old, who arrived in Algeria on Feb. 17 and is based in the southern Ouargla area, an energy industry centre, is being monitored, Djamel Fouar told a news conference in Algiers. (Reporting by Lamine Chikhi; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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