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Coronavirus: New measures announced in Morocco

The national steering committee created since the declaration of cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome due to COVID-19 announced, on Sunday, that it continues to monitor the epidemiological situation on an international scale and that additional measures would be undertaken eventually.

“While recalling that no case of disease has been detected in our country, the committee ensures that it continues to monitor the epidemiological situation on an international scale and that further measures may be taken,” said a press release of the committee.

These measures relate in particular to “the postponement of sports and cultural events scheduled in our country, the cancellation of mass gatherings and the management of trips to and from countries which are experiencing community spread” (see list published and regularly updated updated on the website of the Ministry of Health https://www.sante.gov.ma/Pages/Accueil.aspx), we add from the same source.

The Government is already calling on all travelers returning from these countries to avoid going to collective gathering places, to monitor their temperature daily for 14 days and to consult a health facility as soon as the slightest appearance occurs of disease sign.

In addition to the preventive actions that would be decided, “a stronger contribution” from citizens is highly recommended, through compliance with the general hygiene measures recommended by the Ministry of Health, notes the national steering committee.

This involves washing your hands frequently with soap and water or, failing that, using a disinfectant, covering your mouth and nose in the event of coughing or sneezing with a disposable handkerchief, otherwise by the handle of the forearm, avoid touching your nose or mouth with unwashed hands, avoid close contact with people with respiratory infections.

Continuously ventilate collective places (homes, work, schools, mosques), postpone trips not essential to areas of human-to-COVID-19 transmission, consult the nearest health facility in the event of the appearance of fever accompanied by respiratory measures and inform the doctor of possible circumstances of exposure are also among these measures.

Since the declaration of COVID-19, a national steering committee and provincial and prefectural committees, bringing together the different departments and services concerned, have been set up to ensure the coordination of actions to prevent the risk of spread of the new virus on the national territory.

The main measures put in place to date relate to the strengthening of the national epidemiological surveillance system and virological diagnostic devices, the strengthening of reception capacities of hospital units and the designation of a reference hospital in each region of the Kingdom for taking care of any cases of disease in addition to the establishment of health control at international ports and airports and at land entry points, with a view to early detection of any imported case and to stem the spread of the virus, if applicable.

In addition, a space dedicated to the disease has been set up on the website and accounts on the social networks of the Ministry of Health and the economic number “0801004747” has been launched for further information on the coronaviruses.

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