Algeria has decided to close its schools for ten days after it registered a rise in Omicron COVID-19 cases, an official statement said on Wednesday.
Screening at airports were also enhanced and other control measures were put in place starting Thursday.
The decision followed an emergency meeting of ministers, top health and security officials.
A statement from the presidency however said that it was up to the universities to determine whether to close or reschedule their classes.
The country has recorded more than 220,000 coronavirus cases and over 6,000 deaths since the pandemic began.
Algeria encouraged citizens to get vaccinated to counter the pandemic.