Monday, May 18, 2020

Morocco - Coronavirus Update May18th 4pm


The Moroccan Ministry of Health has started providing mobile laboratories that perform COVID-19 tests for the country’s remote areas.

An advisor to the Minister of Health, Hafid Zahri, shared the first operation of the mobile campaign on Saturday, May 16, on Twitter.

The National Institute of Hygiene (INH) in Rabat mobilised the first unit, with the supervision of technicians and nurses.

The mobile screening laboratories will add to the other laboratories, in order to enrich health capacities for the fight against COVID-19, by conducting the maximum of tests.

Approximately 87,665 suspected cases have tested negative since the outbreak of COVID-19. Morocco has ramped up testing, performing more than 2,000 tests per day since May 1.

On Sunday, Mary 17, the health ministry conducted 4,953 tests, a record number of tests in one day.

Today may prove to be another record in testing figures. Health authorities conducted 4,638 tests as of 10 a.m. since the latest update on Sunday, and only 1.3% came back positive.

The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and the Pasteur Institute of Morocco (IPM) recently signed an agreement to improve Morocco’s capacity for virology research. The agreement is set to include a new medical virology centre for highly pathogenic germs that the IPM will use to develop new diagnostic techniques. The agreement also promises the creation of a laboratory to facilitate in-house work on virology research at UM6P.


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