The health ministry of Algeria has announced that the country registered its first coronavirus death on Thursday.

Five new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Algeria, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 25. Of the five new cases announced on Thursday, two are Algerians who had been in France.

 They have been hospitalised in the Souk Ahras area of eastern Algeria, and the Kabylie region east of the capital Algiers.

The three others were being treated in a hospital in the Blida area, southwest of Algiers, the health ministry said.

The Blida area already recorded 17 members of the same family as positive, in connection with the confirmed cases among Algerians in France.

The health ministry urged all Algerians planning to travel to countries where the novel coronavirus is active to defer their trips, and for Algerians returning from those countries to postpone “family visits unless absolutely necessary”.