President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has announced that a dozen pro-democracy activists should be released from prison in Algeria, and more are expected to be freed under his pardons. 

President Tebboune announced this days ahead of the second anniversary of the start of demonstrations that forced the resignation of his predecessor, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

It was gathered that many of the activists were imprisoned for posting anti-government comments on social media.

An Air Algérie aeroplane flew at dawn on Sunday towards the Chinese city of Wuhan to evacuate 36 Algerians, most of whom are students.

The Algerian presidency had announced the evacuation of several Libyan students, 10 Tunisian nationals and 36 Algerians, on a special trip from the Chinese city of Wuhan due to the spread of the new Coronavirus.

 Algerian presidency had earlier confirmed that the airplane, which will evacuate the Algerians from the Chinese city of Wuhan, will also transport 10 Tunisians at the request of their country’s authorities. He also announced that this airplane would also evacuate Libyan students from China’s Wuhan, at the request of their country’s authorities, without specifying the number.

On the plane departing to Wuhan, Algeria sent aid to China, consisting of 500,000 masks, 20,000 protective glasses and 300,000 gloves, according to the Presidency. It is expected that the plane will arrive in Algeria on Monday, where the evacuees and the medical and airplane staff will be isolated for 14 days to ensure that they are not infected with the virus.

Algeria has not yet registered any cases infected with the new Coronavirus, as confirmed by the Head of Protection at the Ministry of Health, Jamal Forara, on Sunday, in statements to the State radio station.

The Algerian authorities have imposed control measures and installed thermal cameras at their border crossings, airports and seaports.