Moroccans anxious about the risk of re-containment and border closures

The risk of containment hangs over Morocco, according to Covid-19 specialists. This risk arises following the worrying increase in cases of contamination due, among other things, to the return of MREs but also to the celebration of Aid Al-Adha, marked by large family gatherings.

In cafes, with family or friends, the dominant subject today is reconfinement in Morocco or the impossibility of moving between cities without authorization. It has become, limit, an obsession.

We no longer know how to organize ourselves for our holidays when the start of the school year is fast approaching. The situation has become alarming in the country. The cases of contamination are constantly increasing and specialists support the hypothesis of re-containment. So we’re in observation mode, we’re waiting to see how things will develop“, Confides to us a Casablancaise, mother of two children.

For MREs, it’s a whole different story. While the competent authorities have allowed them to return to the country for the summer holidays, since they were unable to do so last year, today they are facing a probable re-closing of the borders, given the epidemiological situation which is developing in a negative way, not only in Morocco, but throughout the world.

We are afraid of getting stuck here with our children. We see numbers skyrocketing in Morocco, but also in Europe. We do not know whether we should advance the date of our tickets or maintain them, especially when we are talking about re-containment. We wait to see what happens next“, Says another 47-year-old mother, who came from France to spend her summer holidays with her family.

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In an analysis delivered to Hespress Fr on the epidemiological situation in the Kingdom, Prof. Lahcen Belyamani Head of the emergency department at the military hospital in Rabat and president of the Moroccan Society of Emergency Medicine (SMMU), argues that the dynamics of the epidemic are extremely strong in the during this second wave, faster and with a steeper slope than its previous one. Indeed, the bar of 5,000 cases was exceeded in less than 4 weeks versus 15 weeks in the old wave (4 times faster) underlines the specialist.

This is why Professor Belyamani insists on the application of barrier measures. According to him, ” the rigorous observation of the barrier measures which we have not stopped talking about since the start of the COVID-19 epidemic is a vital necessity, in order to limit the viral spread, especially in family environments where a total relaxation is regularly observed“. ” More than 80% of contaminations are contracted in the family environment rather than in the workplace ”, he maintains.

Thus, and in this context of very wide contamination, Pr Belyamani recommends wearing a mask which according to him should be imperative for all and all ages from the age of schooling, in public, closed and professional places. He also stresses the importance of frequent hand washing with soap and the application of hydro-alcoholic solutions even for people who have been previously vaccinated.

The application of these measures which appear ” simple “Alone saves about 20% in terms of hospitalizations, insists our interlocutor, noting that advertising spots, systematic text messages and posters should be present everywhere and at all times for mass awareness.

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