Coronavirus: 31 pregnant women tested positive in Morocco since pandemic outbreak

Thirty-one pregnant women have tested positive for coronavirus in Morocco since the beginning of the pandemic, the health ministry said Thursday.


Thirty of these pregnant women showed no symptoms of the disease, and one of them was tested positive while her health condition was rather severe, said director of Epidemiology and Disease Control at the ministry of Health, Mohamed El Youbi, in his daily briefing.


Seventy-eight new cases of COVID-19 infection have been reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 7,211 in the Kingdom, he said, adding that of the 78 new positive cases, 65 were detected in Casablanca.

The number of those who survive the deadly virus continues to soar, confirming the efficiency of the Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine therapy adopted for the treatment of covid-19 patients in Morocco.

On Thursday, 182 new Moroccan patients recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 4280, while the daily death toll has risen by 2 to stand currently at 196 fatalities since the start of the outbreak.

So far, 105,786 suspected cases were cleared after their lab tests and comprehensive screening came out negative.

Morocco has speeded up massive covid19 testing throughout the country, including in mobile labs that visit remote areas. A 90-day campaign of massive testing was launched on May 10-15, the aim being to conduct 1,790,000 tests by the end of July or the start of August.

The mass testing campaign, to increase daily tests from approximately 5,000 currently to 20,000, should allow for early detection of COVID-19 patients with no or mild symptoms, and thus reduce their transmission period and contain the pandemic’s spread.

The campaign is meant to prepare the country for lifting the nationwide lockdown in force since March 20, while maintaining control of the COVID-19 spread.

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