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Hundreds of Stranded Moroccans Repatriated to Marrakech

Hundreds of Stranded Moroccans Repatriated to Marrakech

Sunday, 28 June, 2020 - 09:30
Coffee shops and restaurants reopened as Morocco eased the COVID-19 lockdown. (AFP)

Morocco has repatriated 917 of its citizens stranded in European and African countries after closing the air, land and sea borders due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The returnees arrived at Marrakech Menara Airport on Friday on six flights from the UK, France, the Netherlands, Ivory Coast and Senegal, each carrying between 147 and 160 passengers.

Royal Air Maroc (RAM) brought home nationals from France on three separate planes, one plane from the UK, and on one from the Netherlands. Repatriated citizens returning from Senegal and the Ivory Coast shared the same flight.

The repatriation process took place in full respect of the precautionary measures adopted by the government and the applicable health protocol, under the supervision of all relevant departments.

The airport implemented social distancing measures and provided hand sanitizers throughout the process.

Upon their arrival, the repatriated Moroccans took sterilized buses and were taken to eight hotels in Marrakech, where they were tested for COVID-19 and underwent quarantine in accordance with Health Ministry protocols.

Morocco has reported 11,854 infections and 8,700 recoveries.

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