The coronavirus pandemic is the worst moment anyone could ever remember in 2020 as it wraps up. It is as if it has created a new way in which people need to live from working at home to closed entertainment venues such as cinemas and clubs. The coronavirus cases have been increasing daily in most countries around the globe. However, other states have been recording a decrease in the number of coronavirus cases. Their positivity rate of infection is less than 5%, and according to the World Health Organization, such a country is safe to relax its measures. An example is Kenya, which recently recorded a positivity rate of 3.8%.
The total number of coronavirus cases worldwide is 27.6 million, recoveries are more than 18 million, and about 1M fatalities. The hope of getting a COVID-19 vaccine is still far away, and people will have to adapt to the new way of life.
In Africa, Morocco, a North African country, has recorded a spike in the coronavirus cases, and the government has set new measures.
The Government of Morocco Sets New Measures to Curb Coronavirus
Recently, the authorities in Morocco put a lockdown on Casablanca. Besides, it also closed its learning institutions just like other countries. The government closed primary schools, high schools, and universities. This might force the country to lose its academic year. The decision may also affect the students and pupils who were doing their last years in schools.
The government set these new restrictions to halt the spread of coronavirus, which may overwhelm the country later. Among the new measures, there would be limitations on the movement of people, and there will also be a night-time curfew. These measures are in place for 14 days.
COVID-19 Stats of Morocco
Morocco recorded its index case in March. After that, there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases. On Sunday, it recorded more than 2,000 new coronavirus disease infections, and over 40% of them are in its largest city. The government blames the spread of the virus on citizen’s failure to follow health rules.
The country has recorded over 72,000 cases of the virus and over 1300 fatalities related to the disease.
Developments of COVID-19 in Morocco
Marrakesh and Casablanca had already been part of the limitations 21 days ago, inclusive of closing the beaches and reduced business time. The public health professionals raised an issue over the health sector’s ability to respond to the health crisis. Hospitals are a crucial institution during this time.
Authorities need to strengthen their health systems and take good care of the health professionals through providing PPEs. Later on, the exits to major towns were not operating since the government closed them. For those who wanted to travel, they were to look for a special approval that the local authorities had given out.
Morocco needs to be careful and more vigilant during this time to avoid the spread of the virus. If it fails to, it may be the next country that the virus might overpower.