Morocco’s Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani has announced an extension in the country’s state of health emergency as part of measures taken to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.
The new extension makes it the sixth time the Moroccan government would be extending the state of health emergency since it was first declared on March 19.
Before Wednesday’s extension, Morocco’s state of emergency was scheduled to expire Thursday, September 10.
Safety measures such as lockdowns on neighborhoods and cities, bans on travel, closing of place of gatherings and deployment of military troops in cities have all been implemented in the East African country.
The extension comes a few days after Morocco witnessed a record daily increase in COVID-19 cases.
The country’s Ministry of Health had announced 2,234 new coronavirus infections on September 6.
As of September 8 at 6 p.m., Morocco has confirmed a total of 75,721 COVID-19 cases, the third-highest number in Africa and the 42nd worldwide. The figure includes 57,239 recoveries, 1,427 deaths, and 17,055 active cases.
The country has been regularly confirming over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases every day for several weeks.