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Citing 42% of the country's new cases, the Casablanca agglomeration is isolated from the rest of Morocco

The city of Casablanca is reconfined because of a lack of respect for barrier gestures (photo: F.Dubessy)
The city of Casablanca is reconfined because of a lack of respect for barrier gestures (photo: F.Dubessy)
MOROCCO. The Moroccan authorities have decided a reconfinement of the prefecture of Casablanca (3.3 million inhabitants), from Monday 7 September 2020. Faced with the spread of the coronavirus and to enable the health structures to take care of contaminated people requiring hospitalisation, travel to and from the prefecture of Casablanca will be subject to an exceptional authorisation issued by the local authorities.

All schools will close... on the first day of the new school year, which will therefore take place via distance learning. Local markets will have to close at 3pm, cafés and shops at 8pm and restaurants at 9pm. A curfew (except for health and safety managers and employees in vital sectors working at night) is introduced from 10 pm to 5 am.

On Sunday 6 September 2020 alone, the economic capital of the country recorded 2,234 new cases, i.e. 42% of the cases recorded throughout the country. The Casablanca conurbation has more serious cases (89 patients out of the 201 notified on Sunday) than other regions with a number of asymptomatic cases equal to that of symptomatic cases. "This explains why there is a strong spread of the virus today and why the asymptomatic cases will take precedence over the asymptomatic cases. This would represent a danger for the hospital infrastructure and a risk of saturation in the coming days", comments Khalid Ait Taleb. Moroccan Minister of Health, he stresses that the non-compliance of barrier gestures, despite "measures of closure, health and safety cordons, limitation of activity", leads to this situation. "We risk being overwhelmed by the virus. Drastic measures are therefore necessary, otherwise the situation could get out of control in the coming days," fears Khalid Ait Taleb.

In a statement, the government calls on the inhabitants of Casablanca to strictly respect the directives of the public authorities and the preventive measures enacted, particularly the compulsory wearing of protective masks, hygiene rules and physical distance in public spaces.

The new measures are applicable for a minimum of fourteen days.

Frédéric Dubessy

Monday, September 7th 2020

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