Another President Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Tebboune is receiving treatment for the coronavirus in a German hospital, but his condition is improving, the presidency says.

Another President Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Algeria President- Abdelmadjid Tebboune

Algeria’s President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, has tested positive for Coronavirus.

The confirmation ends speculation about Tebboune’s health after he was hospitalized in Germany, following cases of coronavirus among his staff.

The 74-year-old who is a heavy smoker “continues to receive treatment in a specialised German hospital after catching the COVID-19 illness, his office announced on Tuesday, according to Blomberg.

“The medical team is reassured that the president is responding to treatment and gradually recovering.”

Tebboune was transferred from a hospital in Algiers to Germany last week, days after going into self-isolation.


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On Monday, the US State Department wished Tebboune “a speedy and full recovery,” describing him in a statement as “a friend of the United States.”

Tebboune joins a number of other world leaders who have tested positive for the virus, including President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. 

While Tebboune received care in Germany, the country voted on changes to Algeria’s constitution aimed at addressing the demands of pro-democracy protesters who forced Tebboune’s predecessor from power last year. The referendum, which included limits on presidential terms, passed on Sunday with historically low voter turnout. 

Algeria has witnessed a resurgence in COVID-19 infections in recent weeks.

On Tuesday alone, the North African recorded 405 new cases along with nine deaths.