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Tuesday 13 October 2020

Health Ministry : The National Coronavirus Response Plan Aims to Reduce Reproduction Rate to 0.7%

Health Ministry : The National Coronavirus Response Plan Aims to Reduce Reproduction Rate to 0.7%

The National Coronavirus Monitoring and Response Plan aims to reduce the reproduction rate to 0.7% in all the regions of the Kingdom, said Tuesday the ministry of Health in its bi-monthly report on the evolution of the epidemiological situation linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The head of the communicable diseases division at the Ministry of Health, Abdelkrim Meziane Belfkih, noted that the reproduction rate was between 0.98 and 1.2% during the period from September 29 to October 12.

Regarding the epidemiological situation in the Kingdom during this period, Meziane Belfkih pointed out that the number of Covid-19 cases recorded until October 12, 2020, has reached 153,761 cases, or 423.4 cases on average per 100,000 inhabitants, while the number of deaths climbed to 2,636, an average of 1.7%, adding that the recovery rate is around 84.2%.

The analysis of the cases recorded during the last 45 days spread over three phases (September 1 to 14, September 15 to 28, September 29 to October 12), shows a significant increase in the average of cases recorded every 15 days, he said, adding that "we went from 25,613 cases during the first half of September to 30,904 cases during the second half of the same month, i.e. an increase of 21%, then to 34,654 cases during the first half of October (+12 %).”

Regarding the death toll, the official said that the bi-monthly average remained stable at 500 deaths during these three phases, and this, during the first two weeks of each month, with a significant increase of 5 % over the past two weeks.

Commenting the weekly incidence rate for every 100,000 inhabitants, he indicated that the regions of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima and Fez-Meknes recorded an average of no more than 20% for each 100,000 inhabitants, while seven regions recorded a weekly average of between 20 and 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, adding that three regions continue to record averages exceeding 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, namely the regions of Casablanca-Settat, Souss-Massa and Dakhla-Oued Eddahab.

Regarding the weekly evolution of tests, he noted that the figures and indicators show that Morocco continues to rank second in Africa and 31st worldwide, with more than 166,000 tests per week, i.e. a daily average of 23,700 tests, adding that the evolution of positive cases shows an increase over the last two weeks from 9.7% to 11%.

As for the epidemiological situation of Morocco at the global level, Meziane Belfkih said that the Kingdom has risen by one place in terms of the number of positive cases (30th worldwide and 2nd at the continental level), and three places in terms of the number of deaths (36th worldwide and 3rd in Africa), while the Kingdom's ranking in terms of tests has not changed (31st worldwide and 2nd in Africa).

On the other hand, the bi-monthly report of the Ministry of Health shed light on the main highlights recorded during the last two weeks in connection with the epidemiological situation, recalling the Speech of HM King Mohammed VI on the occasion of the opening of the first session of the fifth legislative year of the tenth legislature, in which the Sovereign stressed that in order to preserve the health and safety of citizens, it is essential to remain vigilant and show commitment while providing unwavering support to the health sector.

Meziane Belfkih also mentioned the decision to extend the state of health emergency until November 10, in addition to the achievement of new records during last week with 3,500 positive cases per day registered during two successive days.

Faced with these statistics and indicators, Meziane Belfkih stressed the importance of complying with preventive health measures to curb the spread of the virus, in particular wearing protective masks, respecting social distancing and using 'Wiqaytna' application.

MAP 13 October 2020