As of Sunday January 23, 2022, the Ministry of Health has identified 4,435 Covid-19 contaminations, 7,758 recoveries (92.43%), 19 deaths (1.38%) as well as 68,032 active cases under treatment (6.19%).
In a brief comment on the epidemiological situation of the SARS-CoV-2 infection on the same date, Dr. Mouad Merabet, coordinating doctor of the National Center for Public Health Emergency Operations, indicated Morocco has, at priori, reached its peak of Covid-19 contamination in the week of January 17 to 23, “ except surprise“, noting that the new Omicron variant is admittedly less severe, but is still not ” not serious“.
At the national level, Dr. Mrabet revealed in his column published on Linkedin that the positivity rate stagnated for the second consecutive week at 24.4%, with a decrease observed in the regions of Casablanca-Settat, Marrakech-Safi and Souss-Massa.
In addition, he revealed that the reproduction rate of SARS-CoV-2 is 0.98 while it has been greater than 1 since November 21, 2021, i.e. 62 days. Regarding new cases of contamination, they only increased by 7%, specifies the same source.
Thus, the level of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is high throughout the national territory, observed Dr. Mrabet, noting that all regions are at the red level, noting that the Casablanca-Settat region passes this week from very high level to high level (the downward phase has already started in the region).
As for the risk of catching the disease, the specialist indicated the risk is unfortunately high, thus recommending citizens to be careful, put on the mask continuously, take care of hand hygiene, avoid gathering them and respect distancing.
Despite the peak, Morocco is not out of the inn
If Morocco has indeed reached its peak of contamination during the week of January 17 to 23, Dr. Merabet explains that this peak will unfortunately be followed by an increase in serious Covidosis and deaths.
” At least two difficult weeks await us in terms of severe critical cases and mortality. National Covid-19 watch and surveillance data agrees with international data: Omicron is less severe than Delta, but none said it is zero severity“, he explained, warning of the current wave which he believes is “ under estimated“.
During the week of January 17 to 23, Dr. Mrabet reported that the number of severe covidosis increased by 36.2%, deaths were multiplied by 2.4, 730 new severe cases were admitted to intensive care and intensive care and 464 patients left the said services after improving their state of health.
What not to avoid in case of infection
Speaking to patients with Covid-19, the Coordinator of the National Center for Public Health Emergency Operations mentioned several “fatal” errors which unfortunately led patients to resuscitation, some of whom died.
Among his errors, Dr. Mrabet evoked the taking of corticosteroids in the early phase of the disease, the practice of sport, the lack of hydration (not drinking enough water), the non-respect of the therapeutic protocol and finally the self-medication.
Likewise, the specialist at the Ministry of Health indicated that a big problem is reaching the whole world after the Covid-19. It is, according to him, the resistance to antibiotics, which has experienced irrational excessive consumption, often not indicated.
To get out of this third wave of Covid-19 which is hitting Morocco hard, with the slightest damage, Dr. Mouad Mrabet recommends individual preventive measures, vaccination (in particular the booster dose) as well as compliance with the national therapeutic protocol.