3,763 new cases were identified Saturday, October 17 at 6 p.m. in Morocco, more than half of which is in the region of Casablanca-Settat. As a result, active cases reach 26,652 cases, including 523 in severe or critical condition. Worse, with 60 deaths, which is a bar never reached before, the country now has 2,878 disappearances due to the new coronavirus.
However, these data which are cold in the back does not seem to move citizens more than that. A kind of weariness has set in making the population insensitive to this situation, which is nevertheless so distressing. Because, let us remember all the same, it was not until April 5 to exceed the bar of 60 deaths in total, more than a month after the start of the epidemic in the country. On Saturday, we had to wait 24 hours.
Unlike the lack of concern of the government and the population who, in general, continue their daily routine as if nothing had happened, the World Health Organization is inquiring about the situation. For the UN organization, if the continent has been less affected than others by the Covid-19 pandemic, on the other hand, cases and deaths are on the rise again after the easing of restrictions. This makes the WHO say that the African continent “is at a pivotal moment in its fight against Covid-19”. By way of justification, the director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the continent, Matshidiso Moeti, explained that during the last 30 days “weekly contaminations there have increased by an average of 7% and deaths. 8% ”, citing the African Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Africa CDC), a specialized agency of the African Union (AU).
As alarming as it is, this speech is a far cry from the initial WHO communication, which was concerned about the potentially devastating consequences of the epidemic on a poor continent largely devoid of health structures. So far, according to CDC Africa, the 55 AU states have so far recorded around 1.6 million cases, or 4.2% of the global total. In addition, the 39,000 deaths recorded in Africa represent 3.6% of the world total, knowing that the continent hosts 17% of the planet’s population. A relative impact, due in particular to the implementation of strict restrictions, including the limitation of travel. But all this could quickly be forgotten by the lack of rigor in the application of health measures, especially after the easing of restrictions. “We are seeing what is happening in European countries as they ease their lockdowns, how the number of new cases has increased,” said John Nkengasong, director of the Africa CDC. Then to warn: “Some countries are considering a new containment, we cannot afford it. And we cannot allow the virus to eat away at the gains made in recent months ”.
In short, the dilemma is as follows: Should we re-define to stop the second wave of the epidemic at the risk of ending up with an economy even more in danger? The African countries have decided by rejecting the hypothesis of a re-containment, even in South Africa, where almost half of the cases on the continent are recorded, or in Morocco, where there are significant increases in contamination and of deaths in recent weeks as mentioned above.
Obviously, the economy has won out over health considerations, but Ms. Moeti still continues to see the glass half full: “Compared to the start of the pandemic, African countries are now in a much more favorable position. to meet the challenge of Covid-19, in particular because they are much better equipped with test structures and artificial respirators ”. But that does not prevent the director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the continent from expressing her concerns about the increase in cases of contamination in Europe and its repercussions on the African continent “at the same time. where Africa reopens its borders to business travelers and tourists. We know the very close connection between Africa and Europe and we also know that the importation of the virus into practically all the countries of Africa was made from Europe ”.