The level of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is still low in Morocco, despite the discreet increase in the number of cases this week, the coordinator of the National Center for Public Health Emergency Operations, Mouad Mrabet, said on Monday, assuring that Morocco is still at the green level.
In a comment on the epidemiological situation, posted on the professional social network, LinkedIn, Mouad Mrabet pointed out that the number of weekly cases has increased slightly after 8 consecutive weeks of continuous decline. Thus, he detailed, 76 additional cases were recorded during the last week compared to the week before, while the positivity rate remains generally stable at 1% at the end of the week from 21 to 27/03/ 2022 against 0.84% recorded during the week from 14 to 20/03/2022.
Regarding severe Covidosis, Mouad Mrabet noted that the number of new cases has remained stable over the past two weeks with 30 patients admitted to intensive care and intensive care during the week from 21 to 27/03/2022, against 34 patients who have discharged from hospital after their clinical condition improved.
The number of weekly deaths recorded in the week of 21-27/03/2022 is the lowest since the week of 15-21/06/2020, the official said, adding that it is the lowest figure observed during the third phase of the epidemic in Morocco which began the week of 20 to 26/07/2020.
At the global level, the intensification of viral circulation observed over the past two weeks, in several Western European countries in particular, seems to be slowing down, indicated Mouad Mrabet, noting that this resumption of cases is not accompanied an increase in deaths so far, although an increase in hospitalizations has been noted.
He also recalled that booster dose coverage is 38% in Europe, with variations between countries (Italy: 64.2%, Denmark: 62.2%, United Kingdom: 56.8%, Spain: 52.3%, Sweden: 50.7%…etc), whereas in Morocco, the vaccination coverage, of the general population, by the 3rd dose is 16.6%.
In conclusion, Mouad Mrabet called for vigilance, in order to preserve the current epidemiological situation, through the adoption of two essential measures, namely compliance with barrier measures, in particular the wearing of masks in places of gatherings and closed places. (administrations, public transport, etc.) and booster vaccination of the particularly vulnerable population.