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Morocco Locks Down Major Cities after Spike in Virus Cases

Morocco Locks Down Major Cities after Spike in Virus Cases

Monday, 27 July, 2020 - 04:45
Police and army officers patrol streets following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Rabat, Morocco March 23, 2020. Reuters/Youssef Boudlal

Morocco will stop people entering and leaving some of its biggest cities from midnight to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases, the interior and health Ministries said on Sunday.

The cities to be locked down include the economic powerhouse of Casablanca as well as Tangier, Marrakech, Fez and Meknes.

On Sunday, the health ministry said 633 new COVID-19 cases were recorded, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 20,278, with 313 and 16,438 recoveries.

The country eased a nationwide lockdown a month ago, though international flights are still suspended except special flights by national airlines carrying Moroccans or foreign residents, Reuters reported.

Morocco has carried out 1.1 million tests and has made mask-wearing mandatory.

It has also extended an emergency decree, until August 10.

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