Morocco locks down Casablanca after surge in Covid-19 cases

Morocco locks down Casablanca after surge in Covid-19 cases

Morocco’s economic powerhouse, Casablanca, has been locked down after it registered 773 coronavirus cases on Sunday.

Authorities said in a statement entrance and exist of the city will be subject to a special permit and all schools from primary to university will have to adopt distance learning.

This comes as hospitals in the city have been pushed to their limits with the steady surge in cases since the nation-wide lockdown was lifted in end of June.

Markets were asked to close at 15:00 while cafes and shops will have to shutdown at 20:00.

A curfew will be imposed from 22:00 to 5:00, authorities said adding that these measures will stay in force for 14 days.

Morocco on Sunday registered a record 2234 cases and 32 deaths leaving 15,759 active cases including 201 in critical condition.

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