Thursday, March 19, 2020

Morocco - Latest Coronavirus Update - March 19th


Moroccan forces have started instructing people to stay in their homes in order to stem the spread of coronavirus

The Moroccan government has yet to declare state of emergency and curfew, but it seems on the ground that it is already steeping up its efforts to force reluctant Moroccans to take social distancing measures and stay in their homes.

“My dear fellow citizens, please stay more than ever before, today we need solidarity, sacrifice, patience and awareness of Moroccans to protect our country (…) enter your homes so we can stem the spread of the virus". - Police loud-hailer message 

Call for free internet and exemptions for paying electricity and water bills
Moroccan parliamentarians called on the head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, to exempt vulnerable families from paying water, electricity, and internet bills as the country grapples with the negative impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on the national economy.

The MPs asked that essential services not be cut off even if the bills are not paid and urged the Prime Minister to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on needy Moroccan families.

The memorandum includes granting students free internet in order to pursue distance education and giving students in rural areas tools to keep up with remote lessons.

Latest figures
The Ministry of Health has just published a new review of cases with the new coronavirus.

The number of confirmed cases recorded to date in Morocco has thus risen to 58, while 271 cases have been excluded following the results of laboratory analyses which turned out to be negative.

Without counting the two cases of death and the only case of cure, the 42 cases confirmed to date are distributed on the national territory as follows:

14 cases in the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra region.
12 cases in the Casablanca-Settat Region.
2 cases in the Oriental Region.
4 cases in the Souss-Massa Region.
2 cases in the Béni-Mellal-Khénifra Region.
1 case in the Guelmim-Oued Noun Region.
5 cases in the Marrakech-Safi Region.
2 cases in the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceïma Region.

Tourism - Zero tourists from April

The tourism sector in Morocco is going through an unprecedented crisis under the impact of the Coronavirus.Being left with zero customers as of April remains unheard of. The National Tourism Council has just published an estimate of losses in the tourism sector due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The progressive scenario of decreases (March-December) indicates an overall loss of almost 6 million tourists who will translate with a total of lost nights of 11.6 million. For April-May-June, professionals expect respective decreases of 98% and 80%.

Latest info:
The Ministry of Health announced the official launch of an interactive digital portal dedicated to the news on the coronavirus.The portal is accessible through the link: http://www.covidmaroc.ma


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Gages said...

WE are tourists from the U.S.A. who had been planning a 50th anniversary trip to Morocco later this month (March), where we have visited a number of times before. Of course we have to cancel out trip, and we want to congratulate the El Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech and the Four Seasons in Casablanca for refunding our deposits and waiving penalties. WE have not heard yet from the Riad Fes but hope they will take the same approach. We wish the very best for the Moroccan people and we look forward to rescheduling this trip and visiting again as soon as it is possible. Carol and Larry Gage