The epidemiological situation in Morocco is under control, said the head of government, Saad Dine El Otmani, assuring that the Kingdom was able to avoid the worst concerning the number of serious cases, deaths and admissions in intensive care.

At the opening of a government council, held by videoconference, El Otmani indicated that Morocco has adopted new measures related to Covid-19 in order to ease restrictions on the mobility of travelers, to and from the Kingdom, which will also facilitate the movement of Moroccans stranded abroad who want to return home.

In this regard, the head of government praised the efforts made by the ministries of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, health and the interior, alongside other departments in the country. The effect of dealing with this file, which required a meticulous examination and broad consultation to define the stages of this relaxation while protecting the health and safety of citizens.

He also recalled the resumption, from June 15, 2021, of flights to and from Morocco within the framework of exceptional authorizations and according to a gradual opening, taking into account the evolution of the national and international epidemiological situation, of the classification of the Ministry of Health, official data from the World Health Organization as well as the health reports communicated by the States concerned.

On the basis of all these considerations, the measures will be updated every two weeks, said the head of government, hoping that “our country can continue the process of easing and avoid any uncalculated decision that risks exacerbating the epidemiological situation. and we are forced to go back on certain relief measures ”.

El Otmani affirmed that the easing will be gradual and with assurance, taking into consideration the dangers linked to the pandemic “so that several trades can find a smile again, in particular those relating to tourism, as well as other economic sectors and the whole citizens”.

According to him, the relaxation of measures requires the mobilization of air and sea assets and the conditions for good control. The head of government assured that Morocco is aware of these challenges and that the authorities concerned “are taking the necessary measures to protect our country and our citizens”.

Regarding the economic and social situation, he stressed that thanks to the collective effort, led under the wise leadership of King Mohammed VI, Morocco was able to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and avoid the worst as has been claimed by reports from several national institutions and international organizations, in particular the African Development Bank which welcomed the measures taken by the Kingdom which made it possible, among other things, to avoid a lack of 6pc in terms of growth and to preserve 71% of the jobs that were compromised.

These good results were also cited in several other international reports, with some small differences in terms of the numerical estimates, he continued, saying that he hoped that the national vaccination campaign could shift into high gear to approach the end. collective immunity.