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Morocco follows South Africa in highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa

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The surge in new cases of COVID-19 contamination in recent months has placed Morocco as the second most pandemic-affected country in Africa, just behind South Africa, which has 700 000 confirmed cases.

Morocco, which currently has 103 119 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1 855 deaths, continues to climb the grim global and African hierarchy of the countries which are the most severely hit by the virus. In just a few weeks, the Kingdom has accumulated the largest number of cases of contamination since the ease of a generalized containment between March and June 2020.

In this dangerous slope where the average daily new cases now exceed the 2 000 mark, compared to just 100 three months ago, Morocco has now surpassed Egypt. Egypt reportedly has 102 015 cases, despite it being a country that is three times more populous than Morocco.

Morocco is also ahead of two other most populous nations, Ethiopia and Nigeria, which have 69 709 and 57 242 cases respectively.

The pandemic is putting a strain on Moroccan officials, who are stretched thin between the surge of infections and the caring for affected patients.

It has been established that the crisis arising from COVID-19 has had a significant impact on some sectors. It has had a devastating effect on all social and economic issues. Many pillars of citizens’ daily lives have been pushed around. This will also inevitably rewrite the maps of large economic swathes.

Hoping for a reduction in the number of cases of contamination, Moroccans must redouble their efforts in complying with hygiene, safety rules and preventive measures advised by the authorities.

-APA

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