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“We risk being overwhelmed by the virus” Minister of Health warns

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“We risk being overwhelmed by the virus. Therefore, drastic measures are necessary, otherwise, the situation risks being uncontrollable in the days to come”, justifies the Minister of Health, Khalid Ait Taleb, in proposing the measures decided by the government in Casablanca.

The firm measures imposed by the government at the prefecture of Casablanca were decided in order to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic at the city level and to allow health structures to take care of contaminated cases, said the Minister of Health, Khalid Ait Taleb, a few minutes after the announcement of the restrictive measures put in place in Casablanca such as the closure of all primary, secondary and higher schools with the adoption of distance education or even the ” establishment of a curfew at 10 p.m.

In the country, the number of Coved-19 cases is on the rise. A new record was recorded on Sunday, September 6 with 2,234 cases notified.  42% of these cases were recorded in the Casablanca region and more specifically in the agglomeration of Casablanca, said the minister. Casablanca today represents an exception by standing out with a large number of serious cases, i.e. 89 patients out of the 201 cases notified on Sunday, which represents a ratio of around 45%, he added, noting that the number of asymptomatic cases equals the number of symptomatic cases.

“This explains why there is a strong spread of the virus today and that the patients who are symptomatic will gain the upper hand over the asymptomatic cases, which would represent a danger for the hospital infrastructure and risk of saturation in the days to come, ”he warned. “We have done what is necessary to contain the spread of the virus in Casablanca with closure measures, health and security cords, limitation of activity and at the level of communication to encourage people to comply with barrier measures, but in vain and we are still seeing a significant upsurge,” the Minister stressed. “ We risk being overwhelmed by the virus. Therefore, drastic measures are needed, otherwise, the situation may get out of control in the days to come”, he argued, before recalling that it is necessary to comply with restrictive measures, in particular wearing a mask, physical distancing, and hygiene rules, as these are the only means today to limit the pandemic, in the absence of a vaccine.

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