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Coronavirus: August when everything collapsed in Morocco

Mouad Mrabet, the coordinator of the National Center for Health Emergency Operations at the Ministry of Health, said that during August, the Kingdom recorded more than half the number of infections and deaths due to coronavirus (Covid-19) since the epidemic appeared last March in Morocco.

The official indicated, in addition, within the framework of the sixth weekly report of the supervisory department on the coronavirus, that since the beginning of August and until the 23 current, 535 deaths have been recorded, that is to say the highest percentage. high recorded in Morocco since the start of the epidemic, and this represents 60% of the total deaths.

As for the total number of infections, it stood at 54528 cases, thus representing 54% of the total contamination recorded since March, which brought the infection rate to 77 per 100,000 people during the same month. Mrabet said by the week of August 17-23, 9860 cases were recorded, of which 37 were imported cases, and 230 deaths, or 25.9% of total deaths, while the remissions figure was 6999.

The impact of the evolving epidemiological situation, Mrabet said, has caused the Kingdom to climb three places in the ranking of the rate of the most infected countries globally to 49th place. On the continent, the Kingdom is the third worst-affected country in Africa after South Africa, and Egypt, and has climbed two places. In terms of the number of deaths, Morocco is currently 49th in the world (5 places) compared to 54th a week ago. As for the continental level, Morocco has become the fifth most damaged nation after South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria and Algeria. In terms of number of tests, Morocco climbed to 31st place in the world, (plus two places), while on the continent it is second.

In response to citizens’ questions about a possible mutation of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in Morocco, Mouad Mrabet confirmed that the virus had not mutated any in the world, but that current conditions were rather favorable for a spread of more and more severe after the lifting of quarantine. The coordinator also indicated, in order to interact with citizens’ questions, that mosquitoes have not been scientifically proven to be vectors of “Covid-19”, but what is certain is that the virus is transmitted directly from person to person. Regarding pets and the risk of transmitting the virus, Mrabet also confirmed that there was no scientific evidence either.

Finally, in terms of regions, according to data provided by Mouad Mrabet for the past week, 6 regions recorded more than 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, namely Boulmane, Youssoufia, Casablanca, Marrakech, Beni Mellal and Sefrou. The Ministry of Health has also observed an exponential increase in active cases, and the two regions most affected are Casablanca-Settat and Dakhla-Oued Ed Dahab which top the list, with a rate of more than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while between 40 and 50 / 100,000 active cases were recorded in the regions of Beni Mellal-Khénifra and Marrakech-Safi, while the lowest percentage was recorded in the Oriental region, with less than 10 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

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