A hotel in Algiers has been converted into a hospital for coronavirus patients as case numbers continue to climb to record highs and overwhelm hospitals.

Despite government efforts including extended curfew measures, citizens have despaired over oxygen shortages and a vaccination programme branded “chaotic” by the TSA news website.

Prime Minister Aymen Benabderrahmane inspected facilities at the Mazafran Hotel in the capital on Monday, several days after announcing that a “large hotel” in each province affected by the pandemic would be turned into Covid-19 facilities.

State TV broadcast Mr Benabderrahmane’s visit, reporting that the hotel would provide 712 beds in 446 rooms for patients requiring breathing assistance after receiving initial treatment in hospital.

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