ALGIERS, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Algerian government announced Monday the full lift of nationwide lockdown as the COVID-19 infections dropped remarkably.
The health authorities on Monday reported 78 new infections over the past 24 hours compared to 87 cases a day before.
Consequently, "the government has decided on Monday to fully lift lockdown measure over the rest of 23 provinces as of Oct. 20 for 21 days," reads a statement of the Prime Minister Office.
It noted that family gatherings, such as weddings and sit-ins in the streets and public places, are still banned under the pandemic sanitary measures.
Meanwhile, the government urged the citizens to get anti-COVID-19 vaccine.
Later September, Algeria started producing the first anti-COVID-19 vaccine doses as part of a joint partnership contract with China.
Located in the eastern province of Constantine, the unit is the result of a joint venture between China's Sinovac firm and Algeria's pharmaceutical group of Saidal.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19, China and Algeria have helped each other in the fight against the pandemic. In February 2020, Algeria sent medical donations to China, while China has also sent several batches of medical aid and experts to Algeria.