MAP said that a specialized ministerial committee took this decision “to confront the deterioration of the epidemiological situation in some European neighboring countries”, in addition to “preserving the gains that Morocco has accumulated in the management of the (Covid 19) pandemic.”
And France, where the epidemic killed more than 118,000 people, announced, Thursday, the strengthening of health restrictions, but without quarantine measures or a curfew.
This country includes the largest Moroccan community residing abroad with more than one million people, and is a major source of foreign tourists who usually come to the Kingdom, and it is also Morocco’s most important economic partner.
Europe again became the global epicenter of the epidemic this fall, while the highly contagious “delta” mutant reduced the effectiveness of vaccines by up to 40 percent, according to the World Health Organization.
In mid-November, Morocco announced the strengthening of its border controls to address “Covid 19” with new measures, including preventing the entry of arrivals from mostly European countries if they were found to be infected with the virus at the Kingdom’s airports and ports, unless they were residing there.
These measures include countries classified as “list B”, that is, experiencing an alarming epidemiological situation, according to the classification of the Moroccan authorities, and also several Arab and African countries.
The daily toll of HIV infections and deaths from it witnessed a noticeable decline in Morocco in recent weeks, with the continuation of the vaccination campaign, which included more than 22 million and 600,000 people who benefited from the two doses of the vaccine, according to the latest official toll.
On the other hand, the vaccination permit continues as a necessary condition for traveling abroad or entering all closed public places.
Morocco aspires to reach mass immunity by vaccinating 80 percent of its population of about 36 million.
The number of people infected with the virus since its appearance in Morocco has reached about 950,000, of whom 14,770 have died, according to the latest official toll.