PFor the fifteenth consecutive week, the reproduction rate of Covid-19 remained below 1%, welcomed Abdelkrim Meziane Bellefquih who presented the bimonthly report on the epidemiological situation. As of March 2, the total number of cases recorded since the start of the pandemic had reached 483,766, a cumulative incidence rate of 1,330.8 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The number of deaths recorded nationally fell 10.4% to 8,630, a case fatality rate of around 1.8%, from a global rate of 2.2%, he said. noted, recalling that Morocco is ranked 37e worldwide and 3e in Africa in terms of the number of deaths.
“Pandemic under control”
Abdelkrim Meziane Bellefquih pointed out that the cure rate had reached almost 97%, with a total of 469,345 people cured. “Today, the pandemic is under control, and the figures for the epidemiological situation are constantly improving”, He underlined, noting however that“vigilance must remain in place and the restrictive measures which have enabled us to control the pandemic must be respected”.
For the 15e week in a row, the number of positive cases continues to decline, he added, reporting a drop of -6%. This decrease concerns six regions of the kingdom, namely Rabat-Salé-Kénitra (-28%), Laayoune-Sakia-El Hamra (-33%), Guelmim-Oued Noun (-38%), Souss-Massa (-31%) ), Draâ-Tafilalet (-28.6%) and Tanger-Tétouan-Al Hoceima (-17%).
“Vigilance must remain in place and the restrictive measures which have enabled us to control the pandemic must be respected”
Abdelkrim Meziane Bellefquih
On the other hand, the number of positive cases has increased in five regions, namely Oriental (2.4%), Fès-Meknes (13.3%), Marrakech-Safi (1.5%), Casablanca- Settat (0.4%) and Béni Mellal-Khénifra (2.3%). The situation in the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region has remained unchanged.
In addition, the official reported the significant drop (-45%) in the number of active cases, from 10,555 cases two weeks ago to 5,734 on Monday. Severe or critical cases, for their part, decreased by 15.6% in the last two weeks, from 467 to 394.
The weekly contamination rate per 100,000 inhabitants reached 6.9% last week, against 8.6% in early January. The improvement in the indicators of the epidemiological situation is the result of restrictive measures put in place by the authorities and of the adhesion and involvement of citizens in the application of these measures, he explained.
More than 3 million people vaccinated
Returning to the national vaccination campaign, Abdelkrim Meziane Bellefquih noted that the operation was taking place in good conditions, indicating that Morocco had received until yesterday the 5e batch of vaccines, bringing the number of doses acquired by the kingdom to 8 million (7 million Astra Zeneca / 1 million Sinopharm).
One month after the launch of the campaign, some 3,568,670 people received the first dose of the vaccine, while the second dose was administered to 232,980 beneficiaries.
Mr. Bellefquih also recalled that the vaccination campaign had been extended to benefit 60-64 year olds as well as people with chronic diseases and who benefit from compulsory medical coverage schemes (CNOPS, CNSS) and RAMED, highlighting before the launch and institutionalization of the observation of new strains of the virus within the framework of a Consortium of laboratories, for the identification of variants of SARS-CoV2 circulating in Morocco.
A strategy in three acts
Abdelkrim Meziane Bellefquih reviewed the three epidemiological phases experienced by Morocco, explaining that the first phase (1is March 2020 to April 2020) had been marked by the registration of the first cases and the implementation of the first restrictive measures, including the suspension of air links, the closure of borders and the start of the period of confinement.
The second phase (April 2020 to July 2020), he said, saw the registration of isolated local cases and a limited spread of the virus, before the appearance of family and occupational epidemiological foci, which led to the extension of confinement for more than 100 days.
The 3e phase, which runs from July 2020 to date, has been marked by a wide spread of the epidemic, in parallel with the gradual easing of containment. “In fact, more than 90% of all cases recorded in Morocco were recorded during this period, especially during the epidemic peak observed in mid-November 2020.”, He explained.
Globally, the number of positive cases has risen, until Monday, to 114,821,228, a cumulative incidence rate of 1,473 per 100,000 inhabitants. The number of registered deaths stood at 2,545,365, a case fatality rate of 2.2%, said the official, noting that the number of people cured had reached 90,405,733, or a cure rate of 78 , 7%.