ALGIERS, 27 February 2021 – Algeria has recorded two cases of the UK strain of COVID-19, the state-run medical institute specialized in epidemiology said Friday.

The cases were found last February 19 in PCR sample tests, according the Pasteur Institute of Algeria.

Checking Temperatures - Photo Algerie Presse Service

Checking Temperatures – Photo Algerie Presse Service

UK Strain Detected in Algeria - Photo The Wall Street Journal

UK Strain Detected in Algeria – Photo The Wall Street Journal

One of the positive tests came back from a patient in a mental health hospital while the second positive test came from a migrant who had recently returned from France to attend his father’s funeral.

In its update on the spread of the UK strain, which was first detected in September 2020 in Kent, the World Health Organization said the strain had spread to 86 countries around the world.

Algerian authorities have okay the complete shutting down of all the country’s land, sea and air borders for the entire month of March 2021, as part of measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus strain.

As of Thursday, 25 February 2021, Algeria had confirmed more than 113,000 COVID-19 cases with 2,977 fatalities and 77,842 full recoveries.

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