Covid-19 in Algeria: Benbouzid is reassuring

Health Minister Abderrahmane Benbouzid said that the epidemiological situation in Algeria is currently not worrying compared to some countries where the epidemic has spread, but we must prepare for any developments.

The first head of the sector explained today, Tuesday July 19, on the sidelines of a visit to the capital, that he had given strict instructions to the directors of health across the wilayas, during a meeting with them. via videoconference, in order to start preparing medical personnel, as well as to prepare for any developments in the event of an increase in the number of Covid-19 contaminations and to register a new wave, while remaining in away from bullying politics.

As for the BA5 sub-strain of the virus, the Minister said that it is widespread in the world, that it has spread in some wilayas of the country and that it is not dangerous, stressing that it is This is the third wave that has exhausted Algerians and the health sector.

The director of the Institut Pasteur takes stock

The Director General of the Institut Pasteur Algeria and a member of the scientific committee, Professor Fawzi Derrar, confirmed today, Tuesday, that the Corona virus has not disappeared, and will not disappear any time soon, according to reports from the World Health Organization, and that Omicron has been spreading since late last year and peaked last January and continued for five weeks and then started to decline due to the acquisition herd immunity.

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Derrar told Sétif regional radio that it was expected that mutations of Omicron would appear, which happened at the end of June, when it started to spread, in addition to the existence of a very appropriate environment represented in the total abandonment of preventive measures. The emergence of the BA5 strain in Southern Africa, Portugal and European countries quickly overtook the January 2022 month strain. Then there is an increase in infection cases, and many people no longer perform PCR tests.

In this context, the director of the Pasteur Institute added that the BA5 strain is spreading rapidly in the world and in our country in the absence of an almost total absence of protective elements. He explained that young people are more immune to the virus, but it remains dangerous for vulnerable people, especially the elderly and people with chronic illnesses. It is not more dangerous than its predecessors, but it spreads faster and the chances of reaching dangerous cases for these groups are higher than before.

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