COVID-19: Health emergency extended in Morocco until September 10
The government Council, held Tuesday in Rabat, has decided to extend the state of health emergency across the national territory until Friday Sept. 10, 2021, as part of efforts aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was made during the weekly meeting of the Government Council held in Rabat.
“As part of public authorities’ will to continue to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the measures and arrangements taken to deal with the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, this draft decree seeks to extend the effective date of the state of health emergency throughout the national territory from Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. to Friday, September 10, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.”, the government said in a statement.
The state of health emergency, in force since March 2020, seeks to limit the spread of the pandemic and minimize the danger related to its variants. The measure enables the government to make swift, necessary decisions to curb the spread of COVID-19.
This umpteenth extension comes at a time the country is witnessing a surge in new cases recorded daily, despite the steady continuation of the vaccination campaign, that enabled to inoculate over twenty million people, including 12,520,195 who received a first jab and 9,924,212 who have been fully vaccinated with two doses.
Actually, Morocco recorded an alarming increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, reporting thousands of new COVID-19 cases daily.
On Tuesday, the Health Ministry reported 6,971 COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 588,448, and 27 related deaths.
Meanwhile, the supply of anti-Covid vaccines is going well, as Morocco, which aims to immunize more than 30 million inhabitants to achieve herd immunity, has ordered 66 million doses of vaccines.