The frequency of laboratory analyzes of suspected coronavirus (Covid-19) cases has increased significantly to 2,000 tests per day, Health Minister Khalid Ait Taleb said on Monday.
In response to an oral question to the House of Representatives on “proactive and operational measures taken to combat Covid-19”, Mr. Ait Taleb highlighted “an increase in the frequency of laboratory analyzes, all the more more than contact persons are automatically subjected to tests which now total 2,000 per day”.
According to the minister, the analyzes will be extended thanks to the increasing use of rapid tests.
He also noted that “the mortality rate in Morocco does not exceed 5%”, insisting on the imperative to “continue to be vigilant and to maintain the level of the indicator of the speed of propagation at the same threshold during a fixed period, to be able to stem the epidemic”.
“Despite the constraints, the epidemiological situation has tended to stabilize, which hardly means that we have won the battle against the coronavirus. This is why the state of health emergency remains in force,” said Ait Taleb.
He also underlined that the extension of the state of health emergency aims to reinforce the gains, while estimating that “any slackening is likely to result in the appearance of clusters or relapses, from where the need to take care protection and security of citizens”. Ait Taleb said the ministry is working on developing a decontainment strategy that requires expanding the network of laboratory tests.
“The deconfinement will take place gradually on a national scale, since the epidemiological situation remains stable, but differs from region to region,” he said.
In this regard, the Minister recalled that the Casablanca-Settat region has the highest number of confirmed cases, followed by Marrakech-Safi, while the evolution of the disease in the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region has been marked by the recent appearance of foci of contamination.