The Moroccan government announced, on Tuesday, the extension of the precautionary measures, which were approved on the 13th of January, for an additional two weeks, “following the epidemiological development of the Corona-virus, and the emergence of new strains in some neighboring countries,” as stated in a government statement.
A night curfew has been in effect in the country since December 23, in addition to a ban on gatherings and the closure of restaurants, cafes, and supermarkets at eight in the evening, with restaurants in Casablanca, Marrakech, Agadir, and Tangier being completely closed until the measures come into effect.
Infection with the new strain
On Monday evening, the Ministry of Health announced the discovery of the first case of the mutated strain of Corona-virus in the Tangier Med port, with a citizen coming from Ireland.
A statement by the Moroccan Ministry of Health stated that within the framework of epidemiological monitoring, “the first confirmed case of the mutated strain of the emerging corona-virus, which was recently discovered in the United Kingdom, was recorded in the Tangier Mediterranean port by a Moroccan citizen coming from Ireland on a ship that set off from the port of Marseille.”
On Monday, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that planes and travelers coming from Australia, Brazil, Ireland, and New Zealand will be prevented from entering Moroccan soil, starting from January 19, until further notice, in a “precautionary measure following the discovery of the first case of infection with the mutated strain of Corona-virus in northern Morocco.