Morocco tightens border controls against coronavirus outbreak

“Within the framework of preventive health measures imposed by a context marked by increased cases of pollution in the European neighborhood of Morocco, the Moroccan authorities decided to strengthen the monitoring system for access to the national territory,” according to a press release issued by the Ministerial Committee for Monitoring COVID-19.

Thus, in addition to the mandatory health permit and negative PCR tests, upon arrival in Morocco, a double check will be carried out by thermal cameras and electronic thermometers, as well as antigen tests, detailing the press release.

Ces mesures concern toutes les personnes en provenance des pays dits de «la liste B», soit la France, plusieurs pays de l’Union européenne ainsi que le Royaume-Uni, l’Algérie et la Tunisie, selon la dernière actualisation du ministère des Foreign affairs.

Medical teams consisting of doctors will be deployed in all ports and airports of the Kingdom, the committee determines.

It concludes that any passenger who proves to be infected will be repatriated upon arrival in his country of origin at the expense of the air or sea carrier, except for permanent residents of Morocco.

About 2.74 million Moroccans reside in Europe, including more than a million in France and 500 thousand in Spain, not counting people of Moroccan origin.

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Last month, the Moroccan authorities suspended flights to and from Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Russia due to the evolving health situation in those four countries.

The curve of pollution and deaths has been steadily declining in this North African country since the beginning of autumn.

And the government announced this week, Tuesday, the lifting of the national curfew in force since the first months of the epidemic in 2020 after the “epidemiological situation improved” in the Kingdom.

This decision comes in the wake of the “positive results achieved within the framework of the national vaccination campaign,” according to the government.

On the other hand, the Covid vaccination corridor, launched on October 21, is still mandatory for travel abroad and access to all closed spaces: hotels, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, gyms, bathrooms, but also administrations.

If a large majority of the population participates in the vaccination campaign, the compulsory nature of the pass provokes protests in the streets and on social networks.

The spread of the virus has slowed significantly in recent weeks. In total, nearly 950,000 cases, including 14,726 deaths, have been recorded since the start of screening in March 2020, according to the official report.

The country is counting on its vaccination campaign to stop the epidemic: more than 24.35 million people (of a population of 36 million) received the first dose of the vaccine and about 22.39 million in the second.

The government accelerated the vaccination campaign in early October for a third dose in order to strengthen herd immunity. 1.57 million people, mostly at-risk and frontline workers, have been vaccinated and vaccinated.

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