Algeria leader urges 'discipline' as coronavirus cases rise
Algeria had recorded 716 cases from Covid-19 as of Wednesday, with 44 deaths, according to John Hopkins coronavirus tracker.
"You must be disciplined. We lack discipline," Tebboune said in comments shared by Reuters. "People must respect preventive measures and doctors' advice."
Algeria has taken several measures to stem the spread of the virus, such as a night curfew in ten provinces and a full lockdown in an area of the capital Algiers.
It has also implemented a closure of schools, universities and mosques which it will extend next week, Reuters reported.
But Algerians have reportedly been flouting the government measures.
Tebboune also said that the government is in a good position to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
"We have enough capabilities to cope with the crisis," Tebboune said.
"Regarding food, we have stocks for at least five months. There is no reason to panic."
Oil producer Algeria reduced its public spending last week in the wake of a coronavirus-induced collapse in hydrocarbon prices that has destroyed revenue projections for the current year.
At the end of a cabinet meeting chaired by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, the presidency announced the state's operating budget would be slashed by 30 per cent, without specifying the new level of spending.