ALGIERS, Algeria 

The Algerian Health Ministry on Thursday confirmed the first death from the novel coronavirus.

“Five new infection cases with the novel coronavirus have been recorded, and one of the infected people has died,” the ministry said, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 24.

Most of the people contracting COVID-19 belong to a single family that was infected by a relative from France who visited them last month in the Blida province, according to the ministry.

On Feb. 25, Algeria announced its first coronavirus case of an Italian citizen who was later sent back to the home

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