Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update March 2nd 6pm

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Monday, March 01, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update March 1st 6pm

Morocco’s Ministry of Health has recorded 112 new cases of COVID-19 in the country during the last 24 hours. As of March 1, Morocco has had a total of 483,766 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Morocco’s health authorities announced 299 recoveries, adding to a total of 469,345 recoveries since the outbreak began. 
 In the past 24 hours, there have been 14 COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total to 8,637. Morocco currently counts 5,784 active COVID-19 cases, including 394 patients in severe or critical condition. Severely-ill patients include 28 who are under intubation and 225 under non-invasive ventilation.

 Casablanca-Settat remains the most affected region in the country. In the past 24 hours, it recorded 50 new COVID-19 cases and five coronavirus-related deaths. Rabat-Sale-Kenitra comes second, with 38 new cases with three deaths, followed by the Oriental region with 10 new cases, and two deaths. Marrakech-Safi recorded seven infections and one death, while the Beni Mellal-Khenifra region recorded nine new cases, and two deaths. Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima , Souss-Massa Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra, Dakhla-Oued Ed Dahab, Draa-Tafilalet, Guelmim-Oued Noun, and Fes-Meknes have all recorded under 10 new cases, with only three deaths between them

 Under Morocco’s national vaccination campaign 3,568,670 people have received the first dose, while 232,980 have already received the second dose. Morocco has so far received 7 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and 1 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine. To date, Morocco has carried out 5,177,088 COVID-19 tests. Meanwhile, the national recovery rate maintains a steady 97%, while the rate of death is still at 1.8%. 

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update February 28th 6pm

Morocco’s Ministry of Health has recorded 244 new cases of COVID-19 in the country during the last 24 hours. As of February 28, Morocco has had a total of 483,654 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Morocco’s health authorities announced 239 recoveries, adding to a total of 469,046 recoveries since the outbreak began. 

 In the past 24 hours, there have been eight COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total to 8,623. Morocco currently counts 5,985 active COVID-19 cases, including 429 patients in severe or critical condition. Severely-ill patients include 28 who are under intubation and 256 under non-invasive ventilation.

 Casablanca-Settat remains the most affected region in the country. In the past 24 hours, it recorded 99 new COVID-19 cases and two coronavirus-related deaths. The Oriental region comes second, with 38 new cases with three deaths, followed by the Rabat-Sale-Kenitra with 28 new cases, and one death. Marrakech-Safi (23 infections, one death),Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima (19 cases), and Souss-Massa (14 cases) have all recorded under 30 cases each. The Beni Mellal-Khenifra region, Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra, Dakhla-Oued Ed Dahab, Draa-Tafilalet, and Fes-Meknes have all recorded under 10 new cases, with only two deaths between them.

 Under Morocco’s national vaccination campaign 3,435,997 people have received the first dose, while 161,906 have already received the second dose. To date, Morocco has received 7 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and 1 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccines. 

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update February 27th 6pm

Morocco’s COVID-19 epidemic is proceeding along its gradual decline as the country recorded 416 new cases and 7 related deaths over the past 24 hours. Morocco currently has 5,988 active cases out of a total 483,410 cases since the emergence of COVID-19 in March, 2020. 

 Meanwhile, Morocco’s national vaccination campaign is continuing to vaccinate citizens against COVID-19. Health authorities have now vaccinated 3,435,997 people across Morocco. Another 161,906 citizens received their second vaccination to complete their regimen and become immune. Morocco intends to vaccinate 80% of its population against COVID-19, with over 20 million doses set to arrive by the end of April. The intensive care units in Morocco’s hospitals are currently caring for 433 severe cases related to the COVID-19 virus. Currently, 29 severe cases require invasive intubation while 256 patients are on breathing support through ventilators. 

  Regionally, the COVID-19 epidemic in Morocco continues to gradually decline. 

 The densely populated region of Grand Casablanca-Settat continues to have the most cases, recording 251 new cases and one new death. The next worst-affected regions are Tanger-Tetouan-Safi (46 new cases, no deaths) and Morocco’s capital region of Rabat-Sale-Kenitra where 28 new cases were detected and one person died of COVID-19 related complications. 

 Morocco’s health authorities in l’Oriental reported 23 new cases and two deaths while Marrakech-Safi recorded 20 new cases and one death. Daraa-Tafilalet was the next worst affected with 11 new cases detected and no new deaths, followed by Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra (10 new cases, no deaths) and Souss-Massa which saw 10 new cases and no deaths. The remainder of Morocco was only minimally affected by COVID-19. Beni Mellal-Khenifra reported 8 new cases and one death followed by Fes-Meknes which reported 7 new cases and one death. . No new COVID-19 related deaths were reported in Dakhla-Oued Eddahab (two new cases) while no data at all was provided for Guelmim-Oued Noun which could indicate no new cases or deaths were reported there. 

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update February 26th 6pm

Health authorities in Morocco have vaccinated 3,327,858 Moroccan citizens and residents against COVID-19 as of Friday, February 26 at 6 p.m. The campaign seeks to cover 33 million Moroccans in order to achieve collective immunity in the country. 
 In the past 24 hours, health authorities recorded 480 new COVID-19 cases. The figure brings the total number of Morocco’s confirmed COVID-19 cases to 482,994. 

 In the past 24 hours, the health ministry also announced 846 new recoveries from COVID-19 and 10 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of recovered COVID-19 patients in Morocco currently stands at 468,387, marking a 97% national recovery rate. 

The number of deaths, meanwhile, reached 8,608, maintaining a national fatality rate of 1.8%. Morocco now counts 5,999 active COVID-19 cases, including 463 patients in severe or critical condition. 

  Regional distribution of new COVID-19 cases 

 Casablanca-Settat remains the region with the most COVID-19 cases. It recorded 284 new cases in the past 24 hours and five deaths. Oreintal comes second (45 cases), followed by Rabat-Sale-Kenitra (45 cases), Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima (38 cases, two deaths), Marrakech-Safi (27 cases, one death), Souss-Massa (12 cases), Beni Mellal-Khenifra (eight cases), Dakhla-Oued Eddahab (six cases), and Fez-Meknes (five cases). The region of Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra recorded five cases, followed by Draa-Tafilalet (four cases) and Guelmim-Oued Noun (one case). 

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Confirmed: Morocco Will Legalize Cannabis Next Week

Today Morocco’s Council of Ministers discussed a draft bill that is set to result in the legalisation of cannabis, within tight limits. 

 The government’s spokesman revealed that the council will approve the bill next week, confirming that Morocco will indeed legalise cannabis. Details of the draft bill have been leaked ahead of the official decision on the matter, with Moroccan news outlet Morocco Today publishing some details on the proposed path ahead. 

 According to the Moroccan press, the draft bill proposes to build a legal cannabis industry by organising cannabis farmers into “cooperatives” which in turn would sell their crop to local or international “processing” companies. The draft bill reveals the scale of Morocco’s cannabis industry. 

Morocco’s government believes the industry to be nearly twice as high as previous BBC estimates, which had identified a $8 billion market. The draft legislation estimates profits of Morocco’s illicit cannabis trade at $15 billion. Those profits mainly flow into the coffers of organised crime groups and drug traffickers. 

Under the current illegal status of cannabis, farmers earn a combined half a billion dollars, while drug traffickers earn nearly $14.5 billion. Draft bill details Morocco appears to intend to create a new model that is based on farmers’ cooperatives while tightly controlling what happens to the crop. Morocco’s government has highlighted the plight of thousands of farmers stuck in illegality as one of the motivations for the bill.

 The draft bill does not propose to allow cannabis production across Morocco, only the six regions in the Rif mountains that currently have a special status will be allowed to produce legal cannabis. According to the leaked bill’s article 7, Morocco will require cannabis farmers to acquire a license and be of Moroccan nationality, of legal age, and live within Morocco’s traditional cannabis-producing regions. 

 The draft bill proposes a national agency in charge of monitoring the legal cannabis trade. Articles 15 and 16 reveal a tightly regulated market, with specific measures to ensure safe storage and processing of cannabis crops. The “National Agency for the Regulation of Indian Hemp Activities” would monitor and regulate Morocco’s cannabis trade according to article 31 of the leaked draft bill, the French-language outlet Morocco Today reported. Morocco’s production would focus on cannabis for “medical, pharmaceutical and industrial purposes” and allow only companies registered in Morocco to apply for a marketing license, export license, or import license. Much remains unclear about the draft bill that will be approved next week. 

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Morocco Coronavirus Update February 25th 6pm

A new batch of AstraZeneca’s anti-COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Casablanca, Morocco, from India on February 24, according to converging local reports. The 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered aboard a Royal Air Maroc (RAM) aircraft, flying from Mumbai, India. 
The vaccine is produced by the Serum Institute of India (SII), the largest vaccine producer in the world. The new batch arrives as 2,911,635 people in Morocco have received their first dose of vaccination, whereas 37,310 have received their second dose. 

 This was Morocco’s third batch of AstraZeneca vaccines. Previously, the country received 2 million doses on January 25 and 4 million doses on February 11. It is unclear when Morocco will receive the next shipment of the India-produced vaccine, as the SII has been directed to prioritize India’s vaccine needs.  

Morocco has also received two shipments of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine. The first batch of 500,000 doses arrived on January 27, and the other 500,000 vaccines arrived on February 16. Morocco is currently leading Africa’s vaccination efforts, boasting 94% of the continent’s vaccinated population. 

Morocco’s vaccination efforts are laudable, the rest of the continent is not doing so well due to “vaccine hoarding” by the world’s richest nations. The epidemiological situation in Morocco remains stable, as Morocco’s health authorities detected only 419 new COVID-19 infections on February 24. The North African country has recorded a total of 482,128 infections since the pandemic reached Morocco almost a year ago. Morocco began its national vaccination campaign on January 28. Since then, new daily infections have practically halved. 

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update February 24th 6pm

The COVID-19 epidemic in Morocco is continuing its gradual decline from its peak in November amid a curfew and a national vaccination campaign. Morocco’s health authorities detected 419 new COVID-19 infections while 710 citizens recovered over the last 24 hours. 

 Morocco currently has 6,721 active cases, with another 18 people dying of COVID-19-related complications over the past 24 hours. The country’s total death toll since the start of the health crisis is now 8,592. As the local COVID-19 crisis nears its one-year anniversary, Morocco’s health authorities continue to proceed with caution. The government extended its curfew while it continues to test thousands every day. Morocco tested 9,351 people over the last 24 hours, having tested a total of 5,129,731 citizens so far. Morocco’s long-term solution for the COVID-19 crisis is its national vaccination campaign. 

The campaign has become a source of pride as the North African country has now vaccinated 2,911,635 with the first dose, and 37,310 have received the second dose that achieves immunity. 

 Moroccan hospitals continue to care for 437 severe cases, of which 33 received intubation and 262 are receiving breathing support through ventilators. Intensive Care units in Morocco now have 13.8% of its beds occupied by COVID-19 patients.

 Regionally, COVID-19 continues to impact every region in Morocco. Grand Casablanca-Settat reported 211 new cases and 10 deaths over the past 24 hours. The region of Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima discovered 48 new cases without any new deaths. Rabat-Sale-Kenitra reported 41 new cases and four deaths while L’Oriental reported 39 cases and one death. Marrakech-Safi, home to Morocco’s red city, reported 25 new cases and one death while Souss-Massa recorded 19 cases without any COVID-19 related deaths. The rest of Morocco all saw ten or less new cases each. No deaths were reported in Beni Mellal-Khenifra (10 new cases) Guelmim-Oued Noun (7) Dakhla-Oued Eddahab (6) Fes-Meknes (5) and Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra where five new cases were reported. Daraa-Tafilalet in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains did report two new COVID-19 deaths and three new cases. 

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update February 23rd 6pm

In the past 24 hours, health authorities in Morocco recorded 446 new COVID-19 cases. The numbers bring the total figure of Morocco’s confirmed COVID-19 cases to 481, 709 as of February 23 at 6 p.m.
 In the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry also announced 808 new recoveries from COVID-19 and 15 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of recovered COVID-19 patients in Morocco currently stands at 466, 105, marking a 96.8 % national recovery rate. 

The number of deaths, meanwhile, reached 8, 574, maintaining a national fatality rate of 1.8 %. Morocco now counts 7,030 active COVID-19 cases, including 440 in severe or critical condition. 

 Regional distribution of new COVID-19 cases 

Casablanca-Settat remains the region with the most COVID-19 cases. It recorded 266 new cases in the past 24 hours and two deaths. Rabat-Sale-Kenitra comes second (56 cases), followed by Tanger-Tetouan Al Hoceima (51 cases, four deaths), Oriental (18 cases, three deaths), Marrakech-Safi (18 cases, one death), Souss-Massa (eight cases, four deaths), and Daraa-Tafilalet (seven cases, one death). The region of Dakhla-Oued Eddahab recorded seven cases, followed by Beni Mellal Khenifra (four cases), Fez-Meknes (four cases), Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra (four case), and Guelmim Oued Noun (three cases). 

 Morocco’s vaccinated population reached 2,635,859. Launched on January 28, Morocco’s national vaccination campaign seeks to reach as many as 33 million people in order to achieve collective immunity in the country by the end of this year. 

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