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Moroccan authorities have decided to suspend flights to and from France indefinitely from Friday due to “deteriorating epidemic conditions” associated with the Kovid1 p epidemic in some European countries, the official news agency reported on Thursday.
The agency said a special ministerial committee had taken the decision, which would take effect at 22:59 GMT on Friday night, “except to counter the deteriorating epidemic situation in some of Europe’s neighboring countries” in order to “preserve the benefits” Morocco has reaped. . “
And France, where the epidemic killed more than 118,000 people, announced on Thursday that it would tighten health sanctions, but without quarantine measures or curfews.
The country includes the most important Moroccan community living abroad, with over one million people, and is a major source of foreign tourists to the state in general. It is also Morocco’s most important economic partner.
Europe has again become the global epicenter of the epidemic this fall, with highly contagious delta mutants reducing vaccine effectiveness against transmission by 40 percent, according to the World Health Organization.
In mid-November, Morocco announced tightening of its border controls to address the Covid 19, new measures including barring visitors from most European countries from entering if they were found infected with the virus at state airports and seaports, unless they did. To live there
These measures include countries classified as “List B”, that is, according to the classification of Moroccan authorities, and many Arab and African countries, experiencing a catastrophic epidemic situation.
Morocco has seen a significant drop in the daily number of HIV infections and deaths in recent weeks, with the continuation of the vaccination campaign, which has reached 22 million and more than 600,000 people who have benefited from two doses of the vaccine. The latest official toll.
Vaccination permits, on the other hand, continue as a necessary condition for traveling abroad or entering all closed public places and facilities.
Morocco wants to reach collective immunity by vaccinating 80 percent of its 36 million population.
The number of people infected with the virus in Morocco has risen to about 950,000, with 14,770 dying, according to the latest official toll.