Despite the end of the Delta variant in Morocco, a new wave of spread of the coronavirus cannot be ruled out, especially since the emergence of a new mutant.
Dr Mouad Mrabet, coordinator of the National Center for Public Health Emergency Operations at the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, said we are in a post-wave phase of the coronavirus, waiting for the next one.
Mouad Mrabet underlined, in a statement to MoroccoLatestNews, that “The possibility of a new wave is very present“, And explained that any wave experiences three ascending stages and then reaches its peak before the descending stage, noting that “The end of a wave does not mean the end of the virus, mutated or epidemic”.
The coordinator of the National Center for Public Health Emergency Operations at the Ministry of Health and Social Protection explained that what we are experiencing today is “The spread of the virus at a low rate”, explaining that the end of any wave is the passage of two consecutive weeks during which the transmission of the virus is low according to specific indicators.
“The Delta wave is over, but the mutant continues to have low prevalence. Therefore, the probability of infection is not zero, as is the possibility of a severe case or death ”, he added, calling for the need to benefit from the lessons that the European continent is experiencing today.
The expert called for a commitment to respect a number of measures in order to delay the next wave and even to reduce its intensity. “It is important to respect preventive and barrier measures, vaccination to avoid critical cases and deaths, and respect for the health protocol”, he insists.
The same official pointed out that the Delta variant caused a total, during 19 weeks of its spread, about 419,494 cases, of which 4.3% were critical cases, and 5,430 deaths, for a case fatality rate of 1.3. %, noting that the case fatality rate decreased during this wave compared to the first wave.
According to Mrabet, this drop can be explained by the vaccination process, as he explained that the percentage of the population that was fully vaccinated at the start of the wave was 23% and 26% two weeks before the peak of the wave. infection and 28% two weeks before the number of deaths peaks.