Further extension of the state of health emergency in Morocco

The Council of Government adopted this Thursday the draft decree N°2.20.882 extending the state of health emergency throughout the national territory, until January 10, 2021 at 6 pm.

This decision is part of efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19), said government spokesman Saaid Amzazi. He said the draft decree was presented to the Council of Government by the Interior Minister, the spokesman said in a statement read at a press briefing held after the Council.

aaid Amzazi further noted that in view of the need to ensure that the provisions and measures taken are adequate with the evolution of the epidemiological situation in the different regions and provinces of the Kingdom, the draft decree makes provisions for the government authority in charge of the Interior to take in the light of the epidemiological situation, all appropriate measures at the national level, and for the walis of the regions, governors of prefectures and provinces to take all executive measures to maintain public health order at the level of a prefecture, province, commune or more. This new extension comes at a time when the Kingdom, which has opted for the Chinese Sinopharm and British AstraZeneca vaccines, is getting ready to launch a campaign to immunise 20 million adults in three months by the end of the year. “The launch date of the campaign in Morocco remains dependent on the validation of the vaccines but also on the delivery schedule of pharmaceutical producers,” said Khalid Aït Taleb, Minister of Health.

As a reminder, as of 2 December 2020, 4346 new cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in Morocco (including 1022 in Casablanca), bringing the total number of cases of contamination to 364,190.

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