Morocco Declares a State of Health Emergency and the Number of Cases of Infection Rises to 96

In Morocco, the number of cases of infection by the Coronavirus reached 96 on Saturday, according to the Moroccan Ministry of Health, which announced via its official website the registration of 21 new cases in Meknes, Kenitra and Salé.

The ministry also announced the death of one new case, bringing the death toll of the virus to 3 victims, while only 3 cases have been cured and 321 suspected cases have been excluded, after being subjected to laboratory tests with negative results.

On Friday March 20, Morocco entered a state of health emergency for an indefinite period; a measure announced by the Moroccan Ministry of Interior through a statement to citizens, some of whom have not shown a voluntary predisposition to remain confined to their homes, despite the awareness campaigns launched by the authorities, particularly in working-class neighborhoods to persuade citizens of the dangers they face when going out and gathering.

Thus, all citizens will be obliged to remain in their homes in accordance with this decision, under penalty of sanctions, according to the statement, which explains that the state of health emergency does not mean a halt to the economy, but rather an exceptional measure requiring travel to be limited as much as possible. Those who must absolutely leave their homes must carry an official document provided by the authority, under specific conditions. These include the need to travel to work in the case of employees of administrations and companies, employees in commercial areas and in services related to daily life, such as pharmacies, banks, petrol stations, hospitals and clinics, etc. The latter must have a document signed by the directors of the establishments concerned. Heads of families also have the possibility of going out to obtain daily food supplies close to their place of residence, to seek treatment or to buy medicines, but only if they have the official document provided by the competent local authority.

The local authorities and the public forces consisting of the National Security, the Royal Gendarmerie and the Auxiliary Forces will ensure the implementation of control procedures, in a firm and responsible manner against any person found on the public street without valid reason, as confirmed in the statement.

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