Covid-19: Morocco, 3rd Most Affected Country in Africa

According to the Ministry of Health statement issued on Tuesday, the national Coronavirus Control Plan aims to reduce the virus’ reproduction rate to less than 1.

The head of the Division of Communicable Diseases at the Directorate of Epidemiology and Disease Control at the Ministry of Health, Abdelkrim Meziane Bellefqui, indicated in a presentation of the bimonthly assessment of the epidemiological situation related to Covid-19, that the reproduction rate of the virus is currently stable at 1.11 and that the ambition is to bring it down to -1.

In this sense, Meziane Bellefqui focused on the notable increase in the number of cases in the region of Casablanca-Settat. In particular in the city of Casablanca and the publication of a ministerial circular on home treatment for asymptomatic patients and the acceleration and reduction of the duration of the three stages, namely screening, diagnosis and treatment.

Moreover, the minister shed light on the evolution of the epidemiological situation during the last two weeks, emphasizing that the number of cases of contamination in the Kingdom, from 7 to 13 September, reached 14,292, compared to 10,995 from 31 August to 6 September. This represents an increase of 30%. The number of people declared cured increased by 37% (from 8,919 to 12,254), while the number of deaths fell by 13% (217 against 250) during the same period, he said.

Regarding the distribution of the weekly incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants according to regions, from 7 to 13 September, Meziane Bellefqui noted that the regions concerned by an incidence rate of 20/100,000 inhabitants are the Oriental, Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, Fez-Meknes, Guelmim-Oued Noun and Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra.

In the regions of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, Béni Mellal-Khénifra, Marrakech-Safi and Souss-Massa, it was recorded from 20 to 50/100,000 inhabitants and more than 50/100,000 inhabitants in the regions of Casablanca-Settat, Darâa-Tafilalet and Dakhla-Oued Eddahab, he said. The number of deaths after mid-August has reached more than 200 cases per week, he continued.

At the global and continental level, Morocco ranks 38th in the world and 3rd in Africa for the number of contaminations, 44th globally and 4th in Africa for the number of deaths and 32nd globally and 2nd in Africa for the number of tests, he said.

The ministry, on the same occasion, restated its appeal to all citizens to respect the precautionary and preventive measures recommended by the competent authorities, in order to stem the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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