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Morocco reports 74 new coronavirus cases

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Morocco announced 74 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 7,406.

One death case from the virus was reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 198, Director of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Health Mohamed El Youbi said in his daily briefing.

The number of recovered people has increased to 4,638 with 261 new recoveries, Youbi said.

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Morocco reports 56 new COVID-19 cases, 7,922 in total

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Moroccan Health Ministry on Wednesday reported 56 new infections with COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the North African country to 7,922.

The number of the recoveries increased to 6,866 after 456 new ones were added, Mouad Mrabet, coordinator of the Moroccan Centre for Public Health said at a press briefing.

The country’s COVID-19 death toll now stood at 206, as no new fatality was recorded in the last 24 hours, the official said.

The official underlined the stability of the coronavirus mortality rate in Morocco which stands at 2.6 percent, saying that the recovery rate rose to 86.7 percent.

China has helped Morocco in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 14, China Development Bank sent a batch of donation to the North African country, including respirators and medical protective masks.

China’s Guizhou Province has also donated 15,000 surgical gloves, 20,000 medical masks and 2,000 protective suits to help protect Moroccan medical workers fighting the pandemic.

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Morocco announces 37 mln USD aid package for drought-hit farmers

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Morocco on Tuesday announced that an aid package of 37 million U.S. dollars has been paid to drought-hit farmers.

According to a report of the ministry of agricultural, the payment was started in mid-April, in an effort to mitigate the impact of a rainfall deficit on farmers.

This year, Morocco has been facing unfavorable climatic conditions, characterized by high temperatures and irregular rainfalls, which decreased by 40 percent compared to the normal season.

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66 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Morocco, 7,780 in total

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A total of 66 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Morocco on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 7,780.

The number of recovered people has increased to 5,401 with 130 new recoveries, Mouad Mrabet, coordinator of the Moroccan Centre for Public Health said at a press briefing.

He added that 204 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported so far, after two new death cases were reported in the past 24 hours.

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EU grants Morocco 172 mln USD amid COVID-19 pandemic

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European Union (EU) has granted Morocco 157 million euros (172 million U.S. dollars) to support the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a joint statement issued on Friday by the Moroccan Ministry of Finance and the EU delegation in Rabat, the payment made on May 26 is aimed to support the state budget.

This financial payment was made within the framework of support programs of the EU in particular to the areas of health, social protection, training and education, and to the competitiveness of businesses and green growth, the statement added.

Other payments amounting to 300 million euros will be made before the end of 2020 to help mitigate the economic and social repercussions of the COVID-19 health crisis, the statement noted.

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Morocco reports 71 new COVID-19 cases, 7,714 in total

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The Moroccan health ministry on Friday reported 71 new infections with COVID-19, bringing the total number in the North African country to 7,714.

The number of the recoveries increased to 5,271 after 76 new ones were added, the ministry said in a statement posted at its website.

The death toll from the coronavirus stood at 202, with no new fatality confirmed.

The ministry underlined the stability of the coronavirus mortality rate in Morocco which stands at 2.6 percent, saying the recovery rate rose to 68.3 percent.

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Morocco seizes over 1.5 tons of cannabis, arrests 4

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Security forces in the southern Morocco city of Tantan seized 1.54 tons of cannabis and arrested four people for suspected involvement in a criminal network active in drug trafficking, RIM radio reported on Friday.

The banned substance was packed in 50 packages, buried in the ground, the report added.

During this operation which occurred on Thursday, authorities also seized a car and many logistical material used for drug smuggling.

Moroccan security services have seized over 23 tons of cannabis since May 1 in different operations.

Despite efforts to crack down on cannabis farming in the last decade, Morocco remains one of the world largest producers of the cannabis resin, according to the United Nation‘s Office on Drugs and Crime.

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Morocco’s former PM Abderrahmane Youssoufi dies at 96

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Moroccan former Prime Minister Abderrahmane El Youssoufi died on Friday in Casablanca at the age of 96 following a prolonged illness, official news agency MAP reported.

El Youssoufi on Sunday was admitted to intensive care unit at the Sheikh Khalifah hospital in Casablanca following a health problem, the agency added.

Born in Tangier on March 8, 1924, El Youssoufi served as Prime Minister of Morocco from February 1998 to October 2002.

As a human rights lawyer, he was exiled in France for 15 years before returning to Morocco in 1980.

In 1992, he became the new leader of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces, the major opposition political party in Morocco at that time.

He retired from politics in 2003.

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Farmers harvest wheat in the countryside of Sale, Morocco

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A farmer drives a harvester to harvest wheat in the countryside of Sale, Morocco, on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Chadi/Xinhua)

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Morocco sees rising recovery rate of COVID-19 patients

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The ratio of the patients who recovered from the COVID-19 infection in Morocco has risen rapidly to about 68 percent, the Moroccan Ministry of Health said Thursday.

The epidemic situation had some positive changes in the past days as 5,195 out of 7,643 total patients had recovered, said the ministry’s spokesperson in a daily briefing.

On Thursday, 42 more COVID-19 cases and 217 new recoveries were confirmed. The death toll from the coronavirus stood at 202, with no new fatality confirmed.

The regions with the largest number of COVID-19 cases are Casablanca, accounting for 33 percent of the total infections, and Marrakech, 17.4 percent.

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