Despite the anticipated rise in new infections due to religious holidays, Morocco’s reduced COVID-19 epidemic appears to be holding steady.
Fresh concerns about new COVID-19 infections surfaced at the end of April when the Islamic holy month of Ramadan ended and preparations began for the summer season. The large family gatherings and contacts with friends that characterize the celebration of Eid al Fitr have led to a rise in infections, although new daily occurrences remain within a tolerable range.
The number of new cases in Morocco has skyrocketed, from 46 to 202 every day since April 30. Regardless, the COVID-19 scenario in Morocco appears to be well controlled, with just 0.3% of intensive care capacity engaged to treat COVID-19 patients.
Moroccan public health officials have been on high alert ahead of the holiday season which brings millions of visitors and Moroccan emigrants to Morocco’s beautiful cities and sites. Although the country’s caseload reduced to 20 on May 1, thousands of tests are still being given every day to keep track of the nation’s health situation.
Infections have increased, yet Morocco’s caseload is still slim consisting of 1,388 open infections and just 18 severe ones admitted to hospital.
The good news is that the millions of Moroccans laboring in the tourism sector will be relieved, as they have been waiting for a long time for the sector to recover.
The Moroccan vaccination rate, on the other hand, has been steadily rising, with 376,603 additional people receiving both doses of the shot since January this year.
More citizens are now completely vaccinated, owing to vaccination requirements for international travel, including Melilla and Ceuta. However, many appear hesitant to get a third booster vaccine as anxieties over the virus start to weaken.
The Moroccan health minister, Khalid Ait Taleb, urged people to be cautious this week and continue to follow public health standards. The Moroccan government once again revived its state of emergency, allowing it to swiftly introduce new tactics if the COVID-19 situation deteriorates at home.