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Morocco Detects First Two Cases of Indian Coronavirus Variant

Morocco Detects First Two Cases of Indian Coronavirus Variant

Monday, 3 May, 2021 - 17:30
People wait to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, during a national coronavirus vaccination campaign, in Sale, Morocco January 29, 2021. (Reuters)

Morocco has detected its first two cases of the Indian variant of the coronavirus whose contacts have been isolated to avoid contagion, the health ministry said on Monday.


Morocco has banned flights with most countries and kept a night curfew in place to counter the spread of new variants.


The North African kingdom has confirmed 511,912 cases of COVID-19 and registered nearly 9,032 deaths.


It has rolled out vaccinations more rapidly than its neighbors, inoculating 5.1 million people to date.


The variant, B.1.617, has reached at least 17 countries, from Britain and Iran to Switzerland, sparking global concern and spurring several to close their borders to people travelling from India.


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