To prevent the spread of the coronavirus and avoid any political exploitation of food donations, Moroccan authorities have decided to supervise this operation in order to maintain public order and protect the health of citizens.
Thus, philanthropists wishing to make such donations should get in touch with local authorities in their regions to arrange for the distribution of this assistance in a secure, safe and orderly manner, said Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit in a circular note.
He also affirmed that the priority will be given to poor families and those affected by covid-19 pandemic.
For its part, Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity said all donations in kind received by the Foundation from Moroccan benefactors will be made available to the ministerial departments of Health and Interior, in order to support efforts to fight the coronavirus and reduce the impact on vulnerable populations.
The Foundation also recalled that it is imperative to follow the recommendations of the health authorities and to respect the confinement measures put in place for the safety of all Moroccan citizens.
In the same vein, Renault Morocco Group has donated 50 ambulances to the Moroccan authorities to help them cope with the coronavirus.
Solidarity donations continue to pour in nationwide following the decision by King Mohammed VI on March 15 to set up a $1 billion Special Fund for the Management and Response to COVID-19.
Donations to the special fund meant to improve health infrastructure and alleviate the pandemic’s social and economic impact have so far neared $3 billion, following contributions from major state-owned, private companies, banks, Govt members, MPs, senior officials, and individuals.
Total confirmed coronavirus cases in Morocco increased Tuesday to 170 with 5 deaths and six survivors.
Meanwhile, the list of countries that decide to confine their citizens grows every day, and although more than 1.8 billion people in the world are subjected to a gigantic quarantine, the coronavirus pandemic continues to kill and advance inexorably as the death toll increased to 19,620 and the number of cases reached 435,382. Recoveries numbered nearly 112,000.