Abdelmadjid Tebboune, the President of Algeria has tested positive for COVID-19, his office said in a statement on Tuesdayl.
Also disclosing that he is currently being treated in a German hospital, the announcement ended days of speculation over the health of the 74-year-old leader.
“Tebboune continues to receive treatment in a specialised German hospital after catching the Covid-19 illness,” Algerian Presidency shared.
“The medical staff reassures that the president is responding to treatment, and his health condition is gradually improving, in accordance with the requirements of the health protocol.”
The North African President who is a heavy smoker was transferred from hospital in Algiers to Germany last week, days after going into self-isolation following reports of novel coronavirus cases among his aides.
Algeria has seen a resurgence in COVID-19 infections in recent weeks. The North African country of 44 million people recorded 405 new cases on Tuesday, along with nine deaths, according to local media. So far, Algeria has officially confirmed more 58,979 cases, with nearly 2,000 deaths.
Tebboune assumed the presidency on December 19, 2019, after winning the presidential elections, as his predecessor Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned on April 2 of the same year, under pressure from popular protests against his 20-year rule.
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