Friday, June 05, 2020

The Streets of Fez Have Many Surprises!



Photographs by Suzanna Clarke


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Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Morocco - Coronavirus Update - June 3rd



Morocco’s Ministry of Health has confirmed 56 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 7,922.

The ministry reported no additional deaths, with fatalities remaining at 206. The mortality rate stands at 2.6%.

Morocco also recorded 456 new recoveries in 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 6,866. The recovery rate reached 86.7%.

Health authorities recorded approximately 19 of the new cases in the region of Casablanca-Settat, 13 in Marrakech-Safi, 16 in Tangier-Tetouan-Al-Hoceima, six in Rabat-Sale-Kenitra, and two in Fez-Meknes.

Approximately 51 of the new confirmed cases were identified through the monitoring of people who came into contact with COVID-19 patients. The new patients have not exhibited symptoms.

There are only 850 active cases remaining in the country after 1,407 patients recovered in the last 72 hours.

The ministry partly attributes the increasing number of recoveries to the use of chloroquine and another drug that inhibits the blood from coagulating, claiming these treatments contributed in part to a decreased average healing period.

The Ministry of Health added that 13,117 tests came back negative in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of negative screening tests since the beginning of the outbreak to 239,902.

With the growing number of daily tests, Morocco is gradually approaching its goal of performing 1.5 million tests by July.

Morocco is set to lift its state of emergency lockdown on June 10. Officials have said proceeding with the plan will require success in lowering transmission rates.


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Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Morocco - Coronavirus Update - June 2nd




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Monday, June 01, 2020

Morocco - Coronavirus Update June 1


Morocco’s Ministry of Health has confirmed 26 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 7,833.

The ministry did not report any new deaths, with fatalities standing at 205. The mortality rate remains at 2.6%, below the global average of 5.9%, as of Monday at 6 p.m.

Morocco also recorded 434 new recoveries in 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 5,893. The new figure represents Morocco’s highest number of daily recoveries since the domestic outbreak began on March 2.

There are only 1,735 active cases remaining in the country, 61% of which are male and 39% female.

Approximately 15 of the new cases were recorded in the city of Casablanca, two in Marrakech, two in Tangier, two in Larache, four in Beni Mellal, and one case in the province of Sidi Ifni in the Guelmim-Oued Noun region.

The remaining seven Moroccan regions did not report any additional cases during the past 24 hours.

The ministry added that there are only 13 cases currently in intensive care units, spread out as six cases in Casablanca, four in Tangier, two in Marrakech, and one in Fez.

During the last 24 hours, Morocco carried out a total of 12,415 diagnostic tests, only 26 of which came back positive. Today, Morocco reached a milestone, surpassing its goal to carry out more than 10,000 tests per day.

The total number of screening tests performed since the beginning of the outbreak reached 213,721.

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Morocco - Coronavirus Update - May 31st 6pm



As Morocco is less than two weeks away from its scheduled end-of-lockdown date, June 10, the low daily case count is welcome news.
In the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health in Morocco confirmed 27 new cases of COVID-19, along with 58 recoveries and no deaths. The country’s current figures include 7,807 total cases, 5,459 recoveries, and 205 deaths as of 6 p.m. on May 31.

The distribution of confirmed cases throughout Moroccan regions remains unchanged.

The Casablanca-Settat region continues to dominate in COVID-19 figures, hosting 33.66% of the country’s total cases.

Marrakech-Safi (17.18%), Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima (14.06%), and Fez-Meknes (12.85%) also hold considerable shares of the national total, followed by Rabat-Sale-Kenitra (9.02%) and Draa-Tafilalet (7.53%).

The Oriental (2.4%), Beni Mellal-Khenifra (1.48%), Souss-Massa (1.14%), Guelmim Oued Noun (0.55%), Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra (0.06%), and Dakhla-Oued Ed Dahab (0.06%) regions have reported significantly fewer cases compared to the rest of the country.

As Morocco approaches its scheduled end-of-lockdown date, June 10, the low daily case count is welcome news. Moroccans are itching to resume their everyday lives after more than two months of confinement and an uncharacteristically lonely Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.

Morocco has yet to announce an official plan for deconfinement but Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani has repeatedly expressed confidence that the country will overcome the next stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

El Othmani stressed on May 30 that all stakeholders must mobilize and deepen the debate on how to ease lockdown measures and mitigate the economic and social repercussions of the health crisis.

El Othmani also stressed that government priorities in Morocco’s pandemic response currently relate to education, health, social protection, and employment, as well as to accelerate the country’s digital transformation.

To help revive the national economy, Morocco is preparing amendments for the 2020 finance bill based on national and international economic climates.

Officials will soon present the amendment containing major structural reforms aimed at relaunching the economy and “saving what can be saved,” El Othmani said on Saturday.


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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Morocco Coronavirus Latest Statistics - May 30th 6pm



Morocco’s Ministry of Health has confirmed 66 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 7,780.

The ministry also confirmed two additional deaths, with fatalities standing at 204. Despite the two additional deaths, the mortality rate continues to stand at 2.6%.

Morocco also recorded 130 new recoveries in 24 hours, bringing the total to 5,401. The recovery rate increased to reach 69.4%. Morocco’s active COVID-19 cases stand at 2,175.

The Health Ministry said that 49 of the new cases were reported in the Casablanca-Settat region, 14 in Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, two in Marrakech-Safi, and one case in the Beni Mellal-Khenifra region.

The remaining eight Moroccan regions did not report any additional cases during the past 24 hours.

The ministry added that the cases admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) have declined to 18, with seven ICU patients in the Casablanca-Settat region, six in Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, four in Marrakech-Safi, and one in Fez-Meknes.

Around 55 of the new confirmed cases were detected through monitoring people who came into contact with confirmed COVID-19 patients, which included a total of 44,565 individuals.

Morocco’s health professionals performed a total of 192,218 screening tests since the beginning of the outbreak on March 2, including 9,871 in the past 24 hours.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Morocco Coronavirus Update - May 29th 6pm



Morocco’s Ministry of Health has confirmed 71 additional COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 7,714.

The ministry also confirmed no additional deaths, with fatalities remaining at 202 since May 26. The mortality rate continues to stand at 2.6%.

Morocco also recorded 76 new recoveries in 24 hours, bringing the total to 5,271. The recovery rate stands at 68.3%.

The Health Ministry said that 49 of the new cases were reported in the Casablanca-Settat region, 13 in Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, six in Marrakech-Safi, two in Rabat-Sale-Kenitra, and one case in the Oriental region.

The remaining seven Moroccan regions did not report any additional cases during the past 24 hours.

The ministry added that the 61 cases were detected through monitoring people who came into contact with COVID-19 patients, pointing out that none of the new patients exhibited any symptoms of the viral infection.

The health ministry pointed out that there are currently 2,241 active cases, 41% of which are females while the remaining 59% are male. Only 1.4% of the patients are in critical condition.

Around 182,347 screening tests were performed by Morocco’s health professionals since the beginning of the outbreak on March 2, including 9,801 in the past 24 hours.

Morocco’s Minister of Health partly attributes the country’s success in maintaining a low mortality rate to the use of chloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 infections.


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