In this kingdom of 35 million people, the number of cases has doubled in a week. In a state of health emergency since mid-March, he took fairly drastic measures.
– Actualite24 (@ actualite2424) April 6, 2020
Among them, the decision to authorize the use of chloroquine in hospitals to treat patients with Covid-19. All stocks in the country – including those from the Sanofi Maroc laboratory – were therefore requisitioned by the State.
Another measure: compulsory confinement, fairly strict, unless there is a specific exemption for going to work. But who says confinement says country at a standstill and economy in danger, which Morocco, already shaken by violent social anger wants to limit as much as possible. Hence the decision to do everything to get out of confinement as quickly as possible by imposing the wearing of masks for all, accompanied by heavy fines to the key …
– Karim Anir (@karim_anir) April 7, 2020
Moroccan authorities have asked the textile industry to urgently convert its production chain. In just a few weeks, Morocco has started making masks, going from 2.5 million to 3.5 million this week. Masks, the price of which was initially set by decree at two dirhams before it was cut in half thanks to state aid which supported local industries by drawing on a special anti-Covid fund. And this is how since yesterday Moroccans can buy masks at 0.8 dirham each, or 7 cents.
From large retail chains to up to 70,000 local grocery stores, the distribution channel for these masks has been supervised by the authorities. In the Moroccan press and on social networks, photos of these boxes of state-subsidized, fixed-price masks are flourishing, accompanied by praising or more ironic comments, many noting that on the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar, the 'Spain, France and the rest of Europe are not yet capable of this.
Beautiful communication operation also internally for the Moroccan government, including the Minister of Industry affirm that the country is self-sufficient and expects to switch to a production of 5 million masks per day next week. Which will allow him to become an exporter… An alternative to Chinese production on which many European countries could be tempted to rush.