As Omicron witness down trend, Morocco eases COVID protocols

This week, the Health Ministry of Morocco announced an important announcement in which he stated that the wave of Omicron is about to end in the country, after the whole eleven weeks of recording the first case of the positively infectious Covid-19 variant in the city of Casablanca.

The wave of the Omicron is definitely a fast wave, but at the same time, it is the shortest wave, too, which lasted 11 weeks. It went on the peak of January 17 to 23, 2022, said Moaz al-Mrabet, coordinator of the National Center of Public Emergency Operations at the Ministry of Health, during the bi-monthly brief of the pandemic crises on Tuesday.

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Omicron has very hyper-transmissibility and very mild symptoms. The omicron variant of the matter is presently the predominant variant spreading globally.

The first case of Omicron was recorded in Morocco on December 15, 2021, in the city of Casablanca city. The highly infectious variant caused a surge in COVID-19 cases in the kingdom, with a peak of nearly 7000 cases daily in December and January.

In the past many months, many companies went back to remote work to avoid the surge of cases among their employees. Even the schools were closed during the peak period after the infectious surged among students.

The Ministry of Health’s new information came as Morocco’s infectious caseload decreased to less than 100 days during the past two weeks.

After the announcement, it is stated by the National Airports Office that the PCR tests in Moroccan airports for passengers entering the country are no longer compulsory. However, the vaccination pass and a negative PCR testing are compulsory; less than 48 hours before boarding to flights remains required.

Morocco has opened their football stadium to fans after the closure of a two-year ban on viewers in football matches.

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Ramadan (a Muslim festival) is coming soon, and they are hoping that the pandemic situation stays stable until April. I think the Tarawih will be finally a safe option, But nothing is sure yet.”

As per the Health Ministry, 63.3 percent of people are fully vaccinated in Morocco, while 15.7 percent have already received their booster shot.