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Coronavirus: Minister of Health sounds alarm

The Minister of Health Khalid Ait Taleb warned Tuesday in Rabat against any relaxation in compliance with the sanitary and preventive measures put in place by the public authorities to fight against the spread of Covid-19.

“A relaxation in the face of health measures has been noted recently,” deplored Ait Taleb, stressing the need to scrupulously respect the prevention measures recommended by the authorities (wearing masks, respecting distance) in order to fight against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The epidemiological situation has changed in Morocco and around the world,” he said, voicing concern over the increasing number of deaths and serious Covid-19 contamination.

In this regard, the minister called on citizens to redouble their vigilance and to show responsibility and solidarity, especially with the approach of the start of the school and university years, affirming that the epidemic is not over.

“The results obtained so far by the Kingdom have been praised by the international community, because Morocco has the lowest case fatality rate in the world,” welcomed Ait Taleb, attributing these achievements to the efforts made by all stakeholders, in particular the Moroccan citizen.

“It would be a shame to lose all these results and sacrifices made so far,” he said, highlighting the “heterogeneity” of the Kingdom’s epidemiological situation.

Indeed, following the relaxation of the citizens in the respect and the adoption of the established barrier measures, the situation in certain provinces of the Kingdom “comes out a little from the control” compared to others, he indicated, noting that asymptomatic people can spread the virus without realizing it, hence the paramount importance of wearing a protective mask. The government official reiterated his call to all citizens to strictly comply with preventive measures, by wearing a protective mask, respecting physical distancing, washing hands regularly and avoiding gatherings, inciting the elderly or suffering from chronic diseases to be extra careful.

He also invited people with symptoms suggestive of a coronavirus infection, including high temperature, cough, loss of smell and difficulty breathing, to go to the nearest health facility or to contact the services quickly “Allo Yakada 080 100 47 47”, “Hello SAMU 141″ or “Allo 300”.

On Monday, the ministry launched an appeal to citizens urging them to respect the preventive measures decided to fight against the coronavirus, faced with the increase in the number of deaths and critical cases, recorded in recent days.

The ministry indicates that the increasing number of deaths and critical cases of Covid-19 infection, recorded during the second phase of the gradual lifting of containment measures, is due to non-compliance with the preventive measures instituted by the authorities, in particular compulsory wearing of a mask, respect for physical distance, regular hand washing and use of the “wiqaytna” application.

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