Wednesday 12 August 2020

Covid-19: Implementation of Home Treatment Protocol for Asymptomatic Patients

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Covid-19: Implementation of Home Treatment Protocol for Asymptomatic Patients

The protocol for home treatment of asymptomatic coronavirus patients came into force last week, the health ministry said.

To this end, following the recommendations of the scientific and technical advisory commission, the ministry of Health has adopted a new protocol for the home care and treatment of asymptomatic coronavirus patients under well-defined conditions, stressed coordinator of the national Center for emergency public health operations at the ministry of Health, Mouad Mrabet, in Tuesday's weekly statement on the epidemiological situation in the Kingdom.

The Covid-19 case management protocol applies only to asymptomatic cases that do not represent any clinical signs and meet certain conditions, such as the absence of risk factors including advanced age, chronic illness, pregnancy or breastfeeding, he said, adding that this process applies to people who meet favorable requirements for isolation for a minimum of 14 days, notably a well-ventilated single room and the absence of vulnerable people living under the same roof.

This operation is done with the patient's consent, said Mrabet, noting that the latter must sign a declaration on his or her honor that he or she undertakes to respect the confinement and instructions set up by the local and health authorities.

In addition, Mrabet reviewed the evolution of the epidemiological situation in the kingdom over the past week, during which 7,700 new cases were recorded, including 30 imported cases, i.e. 21.12 cases per 100,000 he noted, adding that the total number of infections has reached 33,237 cases, i.e. 91.5 persons per 100,000 inhabitants.

Also, 4,912 recoveries were recorded last week in Morocco, bringing the total number of remission cases to 23,347 and the recovery rate to 70.2%, he said, lamenting the increase in the number of fatalities to 498 with 116 new deaths last week, and an exponential rise in deaths.

Regarding the geographical distribution of Covid-19 infections in the Kingdom, Mrabet stressed that the regions of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, Fez-Meknes, Marrakech-Safi and Casablanca-Settat were the most exposed to the virus, with more than 30 cases per 100,000 people, followed by the regions of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, Draâ-Tafilalet and Dakhla-Oued Dahab, with 10 to 20 infections per 100,000 people.

The Eastern, Beni Mellal-Khenifra, Souss-Massa, Guelmim-Oued Noun and Laâyoune-Sakia Et Hamra regions were the least exposed to the virus last week with less than 10 cases per 100,000 people.

Furthermore, the official noted that Morocco conducted last week some 154,774 Covid-19 diagnostic tests, i.e. 4.3% more than the week before.

Therefore, according to the latest statistics, Morocco occupies the 58th position worldwide and the 6th on the continental level in terms of number of cases of Covid-19 infection, stressed the coordinator.

The Kingdom is ranked 61st globally and 6th continentally in terms of number of deaths, 33rd globally and 2nd in Africa in terms of Covid-19 diagnostic tests, he said.

MAP 12 August 2020