Friday, April 09, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update April 9th 6pm

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Thursday, April 08, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update April 8th 6pm

Morocco’s government has extended the country’s state of emergency until May 10. The government council announced the news today following its weekly meeting. 

 The council cited the increase of COVID-19 cases as one of the major reasons for the extension of Morocco’s state of emergency. The state of emergency enables authorities to take urgent measures, including the extension of curfew measures, travel bans, and movement restrictions. 

 On Wednesday, Morocco decided to maintain the current night curfew during Ramadan. Astronomical calculations predict Ramadan will begin on April 14. The Ministry of Islamic Affairs will confirm the date after the sighting of the crescent moon. 

 The state of emergency has been in place in Morocco since March 2020. To date, Morocco has confirmed 499 688 COVID-19 cases, including 486,349 recoveries and 8,867 deaths. The number of cases started to increase in recent days, with the government fearing the pandemic would spread further during Ramadan. 

 Mouad Mrabet, the coordinator of the National Center for Public Health Emergency Operations at Morocco’s Ministry of Health, said that the government’s decision to announce a night curfew during Ramadan is to prevent a second wave of COVID-19. “The government decision is none other than the extension of the precautionary measures adopted on January 13 to fight against the coronavirus,” he said. SHARE THIS!

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update April 7th 6pm

Morocco’s government is planning to extend the state of emergency during the cabinet council scheduled for Thursday, April 8
 Saaid Amzazi, the minister of education and government spokesperson in Morocco, announced on Tuesday that Head of Government Saad-Eddine El Othmani will chair the cabinet council on Thursday. During the meeting, the government plans to discuss three draft decrees.

 “The first decree is related to the extension of the state of emergency across the country to combat COVID-19.” The state of emergency, which has been extended since March 2020, is due to run until April 10. Morocco adopted the measure following the outbreak of the pandemic. The action enables authorities to introduce proactive actions against the spread of COVID-19. 

 On March 29, Morocco extended the nationwide night curfew by a further two weeks. The curfew prevents the movement of citizens and residents between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The decision excludes people with exceptional reasons such as professional obligations or medical emergencies. Businesses also have to close at 8 p.m. every evening. 

 Today, Morocco’s government decided to announce a night curfew during the month of Ramadan. The statement comes amid concerns from citizens, who were eagerly waiting whether authorities would adopt more restrictions during the holy month. Ramadan 2020 witnessed strict preventive measures, including a night curfew and a total lockdown. Taraweeh prayers (extra evening prayers) were also prohibited during last Ramadan as part of the preventive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Astronomers expect Ramadan to begin on April 14 in Morocco. 

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Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update April 6th 6pm

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Monday, April 05, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update April 5th 6pm

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Sunday, April 04, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update April 4th 6pm

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Saturday, April 03, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update April 3rd 6pm

Health authorities in Morocco have now provided nearly 3.7 million people, or 10% of the population with two vaccine doses against COVID-19. 
 Morocco’s vaccination campaign has now vaccinated 4,320,349 citizens with their first dose and 3,674,251 with their second dose. Meanwhile, Morocco recorded another 676 new COVID-19 cases and 7 related deaths as authorities pay particular attention to the emergence of the British mutation of the virus in Tinghir and Dakhla. 

Morocco has increased its testing for COVID-19, with 13,297 new tests issued over the last hours. Morocco’s hospitals continue to care for 411 severe cases of COVID-19, with 27 patients requiring invasive intubation and 222 patients on breathing support using ventilators. 

 The country currently has 3,916 active cases out of a total of 496,097 recorded cases since the emergence of the virus in the country in March 2020. The number of infections peaked in November and has been on a gradual decline ever since. 

 The densely populated region of Casablanca-Settat continues to be the worst impacted by the virus. The region that hosts Morocco’s economic center recorded 488 new cases of COVI-19 as well as three related deaths. Casablanca was followed by Rabat-Sale-Kenitra (51 new cases, one death), Marrakech-Safi (36 new cases, no deaths) and Dakhla-Oued Eddahab where an additional 19 cases were detected without any reported casualties over the past 24 hours. The Oriental region also recorded 19 new cases, followed closely by Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima (15), Souss-Massa (14), Daraa-Tafilalet (12) and Sakia El Hamra (7). No unrelated deaths were reported in these regions. The southern region of Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra reported 12 new cases and no deaths over the past 24 hours while Guelmim-Oued Noun detected 6 new cases and one related death. Beni-Mellal and Fes-Meknes reported no related deaths with six and three cases each respectively. 

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Friday, April 02, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update April 2nd 6pm

Moroccan media reported that health officials detected more than 10 cases of the mutated virus in the small town, home to 42,044 people. 

Infected citizens of the remote city, situated near an oasis in the foothills of the Atlas mountains, were evacuated to a local COVID-19 medical center where they will be kept for observation. Public authorities deliberated with regional authorities to establish new measures in Tinghir to reduce some citizens’ “lax approach” to anti-COVID-19 precautions. 

Local authorities warned of a “dangerous wave of the mutated virus” as the British mutation is becoming increasingly prevalent in Morocco. New measures will include stricter enforcement of masking and social distancing protocols. Authorities ask citizens to check on each other to ensure adherence to the rules and to follow curfew restrictions. 

 Tinghir will now be the second town under new measures because of the COVID-19 mutation. Read also: COVID-19: Spread Of British Variant Worries Morocco’s Health Officials Dakhla started a three-day lockdown on April 1 after health officials detected 40 cases of the mutated strain in the region of Dakhla-Oued Eddahab. The emergence of a few dozen new cases raised eyebrows as the remote city had reported new cases in the single digits over the past months. 

 The region of Dakhla-Oued Eddahab rocketed up the list of most-affected regions dealing with COVID-19. Typically at the bottom of the list, Dakhla’s remote region suddenly became the fourth worst affected region on March 31. While new cases in Dakhla have decreased ever since, the region of Draa-Tafilalet, where Tinghir is located, is likely to rise in the unfortunate rankings. The reason for concern in both cities is the emergence of the British variant of the COVID-19 virus. Both more contagious and more deadly, the mutation has quickly spread across the globe. Since its emergence in November 2020, the UK variant is now the dominant COVID-19 variant in 10 nations as it spreads across the world. 

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Thursday, April 01, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update April 1st 6pm

Morocco’s government appears to be contemplating more restrictive measures against the spread of the British COVID-19 mutation.

 Public health authorities have already intervened in the southern coastal city of Dakhla. There, officials announced a new three-day citywide lockdown after local health officials detected 40 cases of the British variant. 

 It appears that Morocco as a whole could soon be facing a similar approach. Regional lockdowns are a possibility, with half of the country’s cases now concentrated in the Casablanca-Settat region. 

 However, it is possible the government is preparing tougher nationwide measures ahead of the holy month of Ramadan that is set to commence mid-April. 

 Morocco has now detected more than 73 cases of the British COVID-19 mutation, leading to fears that the variant could cause a resurgence in infections, as it has done in Europe. The British mutation The UK COVID-19 variant, known in Britain as the “Kent variant” and scientifically as “B.1.1.7,” first emerged in the Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, Kent. First detected in November, it rapidly spread, first across the British isles and then across the world. The British variant was first detected in the US in December and by February 9 it had spread to 59 countries around the world. 

 Already in January WHO Europe was calling for tougher measures to stop the spread of the new mutation. “It is our assessment that this variant of concern may, over time, replace other circulating lineages,” the WHO’s Hans Kluge said at the start of the year. On February 17, the British COVID-19 variant accounted for 96% of all COVID-19 infections in Great Britain. By early March, the British variant was spreading throughout 27 European countries and had become the dominant (most detected) mutation in Britain, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Israel, Spain, and Portugal. Much is at stake for Morocco. 

Within the last four months, Morocco has been able to reduce its new daily COVID-19 cases nearly tenfold. With the British variant now increasingly present, Morocco’’s health authorities are likely to opt for tough measures in order to make sure this new mutation does not explode across the country amid Ramadan celebrations. 

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