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Morocco Reports Rise in COVID-19 Cases After Lifting Lockdown

Morocco Reports Rise in COVID-19 Cases After Lifting Lockdown

Friday, 16 October, 2020 - 11:45
The number of coronavirus cases has increased significantly since the lockdown was lifted (AP)

The Moroccan national statistics office, High Commission for Planning (HCP), said the country recorded a sharp rise in virus cases after lockdown was lifted.


The country started to register more than 1,000 cases per day after July.


In its most recent report, the Commission said that according to the September 20 figures, there are around 20,000 active cases, noting that everyday 30 to 40 deaths are recorded on average since July, indicating a continuous increase in infections among vulnerable populations.


The Commission also said that hospital beds and urgent care capacity was at 33.7 percent, while it had been 4 percent in early May, when lockdown measures were in effect.


The health care system has been under a lot of pressure because of this rapid increase.


Based on the above and the fact that capacity is still the same as it had been in early May, it is likely that the health care system will reach maximum capacity if the number of active cases surpasses 31,000.


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