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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Morocco
Map of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Morocco.svg
Map of regions in Morocco with number of confirmed cases (as of 2 April 2020 20:00 UTC)
Map of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Morocco per capita.svg
Confirmed cases per million inhabitants (as of 2 April 2020 20:00 UTC)
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationMorocco
First outbreakItaly, France, Spain, Austria, Egypt, United States
Index caseCasablanca
Arrival date2 March 2020
(1 month and 1 day)
Confirmed cases708[1][2][3]
Recovered31[1]
Deaths
44[1]
Official website
COVIDMaroc.ma

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Morocco on 2 March 2020, when the first case COVID-19 case was confirmed in Casablanca. It involved a Moroccan Expatriate residing in Italy and who came from Italy on 27 February 2020.

A second case was confirmed by the end of the day, involving an 89-year-old woman Moroccan residing in Italy too who had returned to Morocco on 25 February 2020 from the Italian city of Bologna.

As of 2 April 2020, the confirmed cases reached 708, and the number of recoveries reached 31, with a total number of 44 deaths.

Timeline

COVID-19 cases in Morocco  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
Date
# of cases
# of deaths
2020-03-02
1
2020-03-03
1
2020-03-04
1
2020-03-05
2(+100%)
2020-03-06
2
2020-03-07
2
2020-03-08
2
2020-03-09
2
2020-03-10
3(+50%) 1
2020-03-11
6(+100%) 1
2020-03-12
6 1
2020-03-13
8(+33%) 1
2020-03-14
18(+125%) 1
2020-03-15
28(+55%) 1
2020-03-16
37(+32%) 1
2020-03-17
44(+19%) 2(+1)
2020-03-18
54(+23%) 2
2020-03-19
63(+17%) 2
2020-03-20
79(+25%) 3(+1)
2020-03-21
96(+22%) 3
2020-03-22
115(+20%) 4(+1)
2020-03-23
143(+24%) 4
2020-03-24
170(+19%) 5(+1)
2020-03-25
225(+31%) 6(+1)
2020-03-26
275(+22%) 10(+4)
2020-03-27
345(+24%) 23(+13)
2020-03-28
402(+17%) 25(+2)
2020-03-29
479(+19%) 26(+1)
2020-03-30
556(+16%) 33(+7)
2020-03-31
617(+11%) 36(+3)
2020-04-01
654(+6%) 39(+3)
2020-04-02
708(+8%) 44(+5)
Sources:

First confirmed cases

After the two cases confirmed on 2 March 2020, a third case was confirmed on 10 March 2020, a French tourist who arrived in Marrakesh. The same day, one of the two first cases, a woman aged 89, died.[4] On 11 March 2020, it was announced that the wife and daughter of the French tourist also tested positive, bringing the total cases to 5.[5] That same day, a sixth case was declared in a woman in her sixties that came from France and that presented respiratory troubles on 7 March. On 13 March 2020, two cases were confirmed: a 39-year-old Moroccan man who had returned from Spain and a 64-year-old French woman.[6][7] The recovery of patient 0 was reported by the Ministry of Health the same day.[8]

Subsequent cases

On 14 March 2020, ten cases were confirmed, including the Moroccan minister Abdelkader Aamara, bringing the total to 18.[9][10]

On 15 March 2020, 10 new cases were confirmed to have the virus, bringing the total number of cases to 28.[11]

On 16 March 2020, nine cases were confirmed, bringing the total of cases to 37.[12]

On 17 March 2020, the second death from the virus was confirmed while a Moroccan man who came from France tested positive. The same day, six new cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 44.[13][14]

On 18 March 2020, ten cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 54.[15][16]

On 19 March 2020, a second recovery was reported and nine new cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 63.[17][18]

On 20 March, a third death was reported and sixteen new cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 79.[19][20][21]

On 21 March 2020 at 00:30, seven new cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 86. The same day at 19:30, a third recovery was reported and ten more cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 96. The third recovery that was reported concerns the 64-year-old French-Senegalese national, who was the sixth recorded case in Morocco.[22][23][24]

On 22 March 2020 at 10:00, eight new cases were confirmed, with four additional cases were confirmed at 12:30 pm and another case at 14:30, bringing the total of positive cases to 109. The same day at 20:30, the fourth death from the virus was reported and six more cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 115.[25][26][27][28]

On 23 March 2020 at 11:00, seven new cases were confirmed, twelve more cases were confirmed at 12:30, nine additional cases were confirmed and two new recoveries were reported at 18:00, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 143.[29][30][31]

On 24 March 2020 at 18:00, the Ministry of health confirmed a new death bringing the total to 5, a 76-year-old man who returned from the Netherlands and had a chronic illness which weakened his immunity. The remission of an 80-year-old woman in Fquih Ben Salah was confirmed, bringing the total number of recoveries to 6. Twenty-seven new cases were confirmed, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 170.[32]

On 25 March 2020, the Ministry of health confirmed a new death bringing the total to 6, a 65 years old person who suffered from chronic illnesses. The recovery of a 69 years old person was confirmed, bringing the total number of recoveries to 7. 55 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total of positive cases to 225.[33]

On 26 March 2020, the Ministry of health confirmed four new deaths bringing the total to 10. A new recovery was confirmed, bringing the total number of recoveries to 8. 50 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total of positive cases to 275.[34]

On 27 March 2020 at 18:00, the Ministry of health confirmed eleven new deaths bringing the total to 21. Three new recoveries were confirmed, bringing the total number of recoveries to 11. 58 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total of positive cases to 333. The same day at 21:00, two additional deaths were reported and twelve new cases were confirmed, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 345.[35][36]

On 28 March 2020 at 8:00, 13 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total of positive cases to 358. The same day at 18:00, the Ministry of health reported the number of confirmed cases as 359 and a new death was confirmed, bringing the total number of deaths to 24. Thirty-one more cases and one death were confirmed at 21:00, bringing the total up to 390 and 25, respectively. At 23:00, twelve new cases and a recovery were confirmed, bringing the total up to 402 and 12, respectively.[37][38][39][40]

On 29 March 2020 at 8:00, 35 new cases and one death were confirmed, bringing the total up to 437 and 26, respectively. The same day at 13:00, thirteen new cases were confirmed, bringing the total of positive cases to 450. At 18:00, thirteen additional cases were confirmed, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 463. At 21:00, the Ministry of health confirmed sixteen new positive cases, bringing the total to 479[41][42][43][44]

On 30 March 2020 at 8:00, 37 new cases and one death were confirmed, bringing the total up to 516 and 27, respectively. The same day at 13:00, two deaths and one recovery were reported, bringing the total to 29 and 14, respectively. The same day at 18:00, the Ministry of health reported the number of confirmed cases as 534. The number of deaths and recoveries was confirmed as 33 and 14, respectively.[45][46][47]

Responses

Transportation

Countries that the Moroccan government restricted or banned all travel to or from

On 13 March 2020 the Government of Morocco announced they have come to an agreement to suspend all passenger flights and ferry crossings to and from Spain, Algeria and France until future notice.[48]

On 14 March 2020, the suspension of flights was expanded. Flights were suspended to and from an additional 25 countries. By that date, flights had been suspended to/from China, Spain, Italy, France and Algeria. Subsequently, air travel was to cease shortly between Morocco and Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chad, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Oman, Portugal, Senegal, Switzerland, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey and the UAE.[49]

On 15 March 2020, this suspension was extended to cover all international flights.[50]

Education

On 13 March, the government decided to shut down all schools, effective March 16 until further notice.[51]

State of Medical Emergency

Governmental meeting with the King to discuss the coronavirus pandemic in Morocco

Morocco declared a state of medical emergency on March 19, 2020, to take effect on March 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm local time and to remain in effect until April 20, 2020 with possibility to extend for a longer period.[52][53] This directive requires the authorization of local state officials for citizens to leave their homes, while making exceptions for workers at supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, medical clinics, telecommunications companies, and essential freelance jobs.[52] A direct 24-hour hotline was set up to "reinforce direct communication and urge vigilance to fight the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and safeguard the health of citizens."[54]

Hiring freeze

On 26 March, Saadeddine Othmani, the head of government, announced a country wide hiring stop until the end of the coronavirus crisis. Promotions are also to be postponed until the situation has come under control. The health and security sectors are exempted from this order.[55]

Emergency Fund

On 15 March, King Mohammed VI announced the creation of an emergency fund in order to upgrade health infrastructure and support the worst affected economic sectors. The fund has a volume of 10 billion dirham ($1 billion).[56]

Statistics

2020 coronavirus pandemic in Morocco by region
Region Cases
Number per 106 hab
Casablanca-Settat 207 30.17
Marrakech-Safi 127 28.09
Rabat-Salé-Kénitra 115 25.1
Fès-Meknès 113 26.67
Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima 47 13.21
Oriental 35 15.12
Béni Mellal-Khénifra 23 9.12
Drâa-Tafilalet 20 12.23
Souss-Massa 18 6.72
Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra 2 4.61
Guelmim-Oued Noun 1 2.31
Total 708 20.92
Latest update: 02 April 2020 20:00 UTC (source: covidmaroc.ma)[57]

See also

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