Morocco: Health Emergency Extended

Moroccans masked up in fight to curb spread of virus

RABAT, 8 January 2021 – Morocco’s Government Council has extended until next February 10 emergency health measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus pandemic.

The emergency, which was first declared in March 2020 and has been renewed every month since then, was scheduled to end next January 10.

The extension announced Wednesday by the Moroccan Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani is the tenth such extension.

Moroccan factory workers in Casablanca

Workers in a factor in Casablanca – Photo FADEL SENNA, AFP

The emergency institutes and enforces lockdowns, travel bans, and night curfews among other measures.

Morocco’s health ministry on Wednesday announced that it recorded 1,642 new COVID-19 cases and 37 deaths.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Morocco has confirmed a total of 447,081 COVID-19 cases, making it the second worst-hit African country after South Africa, and 33rd worst-hit country worldwide.

So far, Morocco has reported 418,744 recoveries and 7,618 fatalities.

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January 8, 2021

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