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Coronavirus: Morocco fears a second wave

The Minister of Health, Khalid Ait Taleb was Monday, before the deputies of the House of Representatives to take stock of the health situation in connection with the progressive deconfinement in progress, and present the recovery plan post covid-19 of the sector health.

“There is a fear of a relapse and a second wave of propagation of the pandemic in light of the current unprecedented health crisis,” announced the Minister, who said that, despite the crisis, the provision of health services to citizens, except for non-urgent surgeries and hospitalizations, were regularly insured.

New devices have also been installed in 72 hospitals for the treatment of coronavirus cases, the minister said, stressing that this action had enabled the emergency services to receive 189,607 people for consultation, to hospitalize 12 162 and to perform surgical operations on 3,020 patients.

Activities in the health sector will be relaunched, according to an integrated program developed by the ministry on the basis of the development of deconfinement and the lifting of the state of health emergency, he added.

Several stages have been defined for this purpose. First, more laboratory tests are needed to reach 1,915,000 tests by the end of July. Taxi drivers, seafarers, players in the informal economy and residents of certain working-class neighborhoods have already undergone this test since last week, informs the minister, announcing that a certain number of industrial and production units will be also taken into account in order to preserve the health of their users and relatives, and to ensure a resumption of economic activity in complete safety.

Then, care must be taken to ensure that preventive measures are respected by professionals, production units and companies “in accordance with national and international health security standards”, without failing to replenish the stock of drugs, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies at the level of public hospitals to ensure permanent availability of these products after the containment is lifted.

In addition, it is important to develop a plan for the redeployment of professionals who have served in the covid-19 case treatment units, according to the evolution of the epidemiological situation in the kingdom in order to avoid any further increase in spread, especially in hospitals.

In addition, awareness of the importance of respecting barrier gestures, in particular social distancing and the wearing of masks, must be reinforced.

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