Moroccan Health Minister Khalid Ait Taleb announced that national authorities have detected 76 cases of the new Omicron variant in the country, while 246 are suspected of carrying the mutation and are awaiting test results.
Ait Taleb revealed that a first case of the Omicron variant is currently admitted to intensive care on Tuesday.
The minister linked the deterioration of the patient’s condition to her “delay in receiving her scheduled booster”, while encouraging the population to be vaccinated to avoid “a worsening of the epidemiological situation”.
Although the government official agreed that Omicron appears to be less lethal than the Delta mutant, Ait Taleb called on citizens to be cautious because “the Omicron variant spreads five times faster and more easily than the Delta variant,” constituting a potential risk of reaching the maximum occupancy of the hospital.
The minister attributed the concentration of the variant in the two cities of Casablanca and Rabat to the large number of gatherings and urban overcrowding, which according to him: “constitute fertile ground for the spread of the virus”.
Khalid Ait Taleb further called for rapid and broad involvement of all citizens in the national vaccination campaign, stressing the importance of receiving all recommended vaccines.