Algeria reports nine new coronavirus cases - health ministry

Chinese health authorities said it received reports of 2,590 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection. File picture: IANS

Chinese health authorities said it received reports of 2,590 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection. File picture: IANS

Published Mar 4, 2020

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Algiers - Algeria reported nine new confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing to 17 the total number of people tested positive for the virus, the health ministry said.

The cases include sixteen cases are from the same family in the Blida province, some 30 km south of the capital Algiers, and an Italian man.

Meanwhile in Italy. fraudsters have taken advantage of

the coronavirus crisis to ramp up prices of hygiene products or

try to sell inappropriate materials, wrongly claiming they would

provide protection from the disease, police said on Wednesday.

Italy is battling the worst European outbreak of the virus

which has so far killed more than 100 people here, mainly in the

north of the country, and infected more than 3,000 people.

Police said they had placed under investigation 36 people

who had tried to take advantage of the widespread anxiety by

misselling products online. Some 14 of them, considered the

worst offenders, risked up to two years in jail for fraud.

"A kit that included just two masks, two pairs of gloves and

a PVC suit was sold for 400 euros ($445)," Giovanni Lupi, who

led the investigation in Turin, told Reuters.

He said on other occasions people had advertised products,

such as herbal supplements, promising without any evidence that

they would offer protection against the disease.

Amongst those under investigation were auto parts dealers,

farmers, door-to-door salesmen who people who had no prior sales

experience.

Costs of hygiene products have risen steeply in Italy since

the crisis first came to light on Feb 20., with pharmacies and

stores rapidly selling out of masks and gels.

Police last month warned that some criminals were disguising

themselves as health inspectors and using fake identity papers

to gain access to people's houses to steal money or other

valuables. 

Reuters

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