"Return to lockdown is not on the agenda. Nevertheless, we have instructions that if a province, a commune or a sub-prefecture registers a significant spread of the virus representing a health threat for citizens, we will implement this measure,” said the minister.
“The Prime Ministry will opt for a targeted lockdown in regions that record a significant increase in cases of contamination with the coronavirus. However, we do not wish to do so," he continued.
Speaking at a press briefing on the sidelines of the ceremony to receive a donation of medical kits for patients suffering from the coronavirus at the headquarters of his ministerial department, Benbouzid said he would not encourage this measure, which had already been implemented before being lifted.
While acknowledging a "rebound in cases of contamination in Algeria, like the rest of the world where the progression is much greater", Benbouzid attributed this situation to "many reasons" including "the failure to comply with precautionary and preventive measures.”
"We are most concerned about deaths and, fortunately, we are recording fewer cases than when we started with 30 deaths. So we are working to treat our patients to prevent them from dying from the virus," he explained.
In response to a question about scanner-based tests, Benbouzid denied "any ban" on the use of this method, which he dubbed "not entirely reliable", advocating clinical examinations to be used instead.