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COVID-19: Morocco is still in the green, according to Maad Merabet

Covid-19 : Le Maroc toujours au niveau vert, selon Mouad Mrabet

The coordinator of the National Center for Public Health Emergency Operations, Maad Merabet, confirmed on Monday that the level of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus remains low in Morocco, despite the clandestine increase in the number of cases this week. Morocco is still at the green level.

Commenting on the epidemiological situation, published on the professional social network Linkedin, Mr. Merabet indicated that the number of weekly cases increased slightly after 8 consecutive weeks of continuous decline. By doing so, he explained that 76 additional cases were recorded during the past week compared to the previous week, while the percentage of positivity remained generally stable at 1% at the end of the week from 21 to 27/3/2022, compared to 0.84% ​​recorded. During the week from 14 to 20/03/2022.

With regard to Covid-19 disease, Mr. Merabet indicated that the number of new cases remained stable during the past two weeks, as 30 patients were admitted to intensive care and intensive care during the week from 21 to 27/03/2022, compared to 34 patients who left the hospital. hospital after improving their clinical conditions.

The official said that the number of weekly deaths recorded in the week of 21-27/3/2022 is the lowest since the week of 15-21/06/2020, adding that it is the lowest number observed during the third phase of the week. The epidemic in Morocco that started the week from 20 to 26/7/2020.

Globally, the intensification of the viral cycle observed over the past two weeks, in many Western European countries in particular, appears to be slowing, Mr. Merabet said, noting that this resumption of cases was not accompanied by an increase in deaths. So far, though, an increase in hospitalizations has been observed.

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He also noted that booster-dose coverage is 38% in Europe, with variations between countries (Italy: 64.2%, Denmark: 62.2%, UK: 56.8%, Spain: 52.3%, Sweden: 50.7%…etc), while In Morocco, vaccination coverage for the general population with the third dose was 16.6%.

In conclusion, Mr. Merabet called for vigilance in order to preserve the current epidemiological situation by adopting two basic measures, namely, adherence to barrier measures, especially wearing masks in places of gatherings and closed places (administrations, public). transport, etc.) and enhanced immunization for particularly vulnerable populations.