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Algerian FA, clubs lead fight against coronavirus

Algerian FA, clubs lead fight against coronavirus

Algeria Football Federation and top clubs are actively involved in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus in the country. 

The national federation has made Sidi Moussa Technical Centre available to the health authorities as a quarantine venue for persons suspected to have contracted the highly contagious virus. 

Algerian Ligue 1 JS Kabylie has also offered its residences to be used as accommodation facilities for nursing and medical staff who live away from the northern city of Tizi Ouzzou. 

The club has given up twelve fully furnished houses for doctors, paramedics and volunteers who are battling the spread of the virus that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan. 

Algeria is one of the most affected countries in Africa with 230 Covid-19 cases and 17 deaths. The Algerian government has banned sporting activities in the country as a preventive measure against the spread of the virus.

Suspended leagues

The outbreak has led to dozens of countries suspending their leagues and tournaments. CAF suspended CHAN 2020 that was scheduled to take place from April 4 to 25. The African football body had earlier cancelled the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were set for the last week of March. 

Dozens of African nations have now suspended domestic football and international games, including Egypt, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Tanzania, Kenya, Gabon, Sudan, Botswana, Ghana, Algeria, Tunisia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Guinea and Sudan.

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 195 countries and territories around the world and an international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harboured in Yokohama, Japan). It has infected at least 394,000 people and killed at least 17,200.