Morocco faces the cross-border epidemic by suspending flights


With the development of the epidemiological situation associated with the discovery of new strains of the Corona virus in Morocco, in mid-February, and in order to avoid entering a third epidemic wave, which experts expect to be more ferocious, Morocco decided to return to suspending flights back and forth with a number of countries, the first of which was South Africa, Denmark, Britain, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand and Ireland, to be followed by other countries.

The number of countries covered by the air closure decision since then was estimated at about 50 countries, including Arab countries such as Lebanon, Egypt, Kuwait and Algeria, and European countries such as France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Germany, and the decision also included African countries, including Cameroon, Mali, Guinea Conakry and Ghana.

I have paid for my actions Moroccan authoritiesA number of Moroccans wishing to return to Morocco, to the airports of Eastern European countries, and before that to Carthage Airport in Tunisia, so the Kingdom decided to close these ports and suspend flights with more countries, including Bulgaria, Hungary, Albania and Slovakia, in addition to Tunisia.

And she was Royal Air Maroc Company (Laram), has confirmed earlier on its official page on the Twitter site, that it will keep the flights suspended until May 21, with a number of countries, based on the government’s decision in the context of the current epidemic situation.

Avoid the third wave

Morocco pursues a policy of closing the borders to avoid more cases of the mutated Corona virus infiltrating into its territory, and in order to avoid the spread of the virus in the Kingdom, especially during this period coinciding with the month of Ramadan, which usually witnesses the influx of a large number of members of the community abroad, wishing to Spend this month with their family and friends in Morocco.

Professor Mostafa Naji, an expert in epidemiology and director of the Virology Laboratory at Hassan II University in Casablanca, says, “The epidemiological situation in Morocco was stable a few months ago and did not cause much concern, as the number of infections witnessed a remarkable decline, but they returned to cause concern with the rise in cases Incidence is increasing in recent days. “

The emergence of the British strain modified from the Corona virus in Morocco, known for its ferocity and rapid spread, signaled the start of the third epidemic wave, according to the survivor, which called for tightening precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

The expert in epidemiology added, in a statement to “Sky News Arabia”, that among those measures that Morocco had to speed up taking, closing the borders, due to the rapid spread of the mutated strain and guiding it to the epidemiological situation in the Kingdom.

Professor Al-Naji believes that Morocco’s decision to suspend flights in general, especially with some countries in which the new strains appeared, has enabled him to date to control the epidemiological situation and limit the spread of the virus.

Economic impacts

Morocco is currently adopting a set of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the mutated strain of the Coronavirus, among them the night closure and the restriction of movement between cities, which had direct repercussions on a number of vital economic sectors in Morocco, foremost among which is the tourism sector, which has been unprecedentedly affected by The repercussions of the epidemic, which is the sector that contributes about 10 percent of the country’s GDP.

In this context, the economist and specialist in risk management, Mahdi Faqir, confirms that suspending flights with a number of countries would directly affect air transport and the movement of people and goods, which would negatively affect the rest of the economic sectors, the first of which is the tourism sector.

The economist expected, in a statement to “Sky News Arabia”, that the general effects of the virus on the national economy would be catastrophic if Morocco delayed in making critical and difficult decisions, such as the decision to close the air.

Fakir believes that the realistic and most appropriate solution to overcome all the challenges facing the Moroccan economy is to accelerate the vaccination process to reach collective immunity, similar to Israel, which has begun to get rid of the precautionary measures, on the horizon of returning economic life to its previous state.

The spokesman stresses the main role that the state should play, which is to keep pace with and support the affected sectors and provide new ideas and alternatives for the advancement of the national economy, noting that a number of sectors, especially tourism, will not be able to withstand long in the face of the pandemic.

As of yesterday evening, Monday, the number of cases of corona, since the outbreak of the epidemic in Morocco, has reached more than 500 thousand 5949 cases, including 8,952 deaths, and 49 thousand and 2,100 recoveries.

The number of beneficiaries of the first dose of vaccination within the framework of the national vaccination campaign, which was launched on January 28, has reached more than 4 million and 672 thousand people, and more than 4 million and 188 thousand people have benefited from the second dose as well.


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