The authorities have decided to ban travel outside the city of Tangier during Eid al-Adha to reduce the risk of contagion to the new coronavirus.
According to a note from the employers’ confederation (CGEM) published Thursday, “economic operators have been informed that it will be strictly forbidden to leave the city of Tangier (north-west) during the period of Eid al-Adha”, the Feast of the Sacrifice scheduled this year on Friday July 31.
Local companies were therefore asked not to issue a traffic permit to their employees for this period, specifies the note released after a meeting at the local prefecture.
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After the appearance of new sources of contamination of the Covid-19 disease, the authorities announced on July 13 a severe containment in the large port of Tangier (around one million inhabitants), before relaxing the measures in the face of protests Population.
Unstable epidemiological situation
The Tangier region is the one with the most active cases in Morocco. According to the latest report from the Ministry of Health, around 18,000 contaminations have been identified throughout the country, including 285 deaths.
Several outbreaks of contamination have also been recorded in recent weeks in industrial areas of the kingdom. In an attempt to curb the pandemic, the authorities have already closed 514 production units for “non-compliance with health measures”, according to the latest official figures.
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On Sunday, the head of government Saad-Eddine El Othmani called on the population to limit their movements during Eid in order to “celebrate the holiday without danger and without contamination”.
After three months of confinement, under close police surveillance, a certain relaxation in the face of preventive measures – wearing of a mask, physical distancing – has appeared in several cities of Morocco despite repeated warnings from the authorities.