According to an official count, 387 Moroccan emigrants died against 174 in the country.
According to the Yabiladi website, Morocco has more deaths of its nationals outside its borders than in the country: 387 deaths abroad of the coronavirus against 174 on the national territory on May 3. Where do these numbers come from? “From a source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”, specifies the site.
Yabiladi reports the poignant story of a Moroccan residing in the Netherlands. In nine days, he lost his mother, father and uncle. Everything would have started from a pilgrimage to Mecca made by his parents.
A sad record abroad which, for some, illustrates the excellence of the policy against the virus in the kingdom. In fact, the country has so far been little affected by the epidemic. According to official figures, just under 5,000 cases have been identified.
In addition to fairly strict confinement, one of the most emblematic measures is the compulsory wearing of a mask. Here, no risk of shortage, the masks are made on site in Morocco. Nineteen factories, some of them freshly installed, are said to produce seven million masks daily. Enough to meet demand and even allow exports.
Defenders of royal politics hasten to quote articles from foreign newspapers who value the action taken. So according to France-Soir, “Morocco is doing much better than some and is even becoming a model. Morocco impresses not only the international community, but also Moroccans.” Suit a long dithyrambic paper which lists in detail the policy pursued.
An action also welcomed by a TF1 report widely shared on social networks by Moroccans proud to be cited as an example.
TF1 report on crisis management #coronavirus in Morocco: wearing a mask compulsory from April 7 sold for 1 cent of €, all care related to #coronavirus free, night curfew, social solidarity, etc. pic.twitter.com/LCHp0o696m
– Morocco Top News (@MarocTopNews) May 2, 2020
However, it is important not to declare victory too soon tempers the site of Release, because “the epidemic curve is skyrocketing”. “After a lull at the start of last week, the weekend saw a spike in the number of infections. Between Friday May 1 (10 a.m.) and Sunday May 3 (10 a.m.), 351 new cases were identified.”
Finally, it should be noted that the high mortality abroad of Moroccans is partly linked to the structure of the Moroccan diaspora, essentially established in Europe. Of the 2.6 million Moroccan emigrants listed by the OECD in 2010, a third resides in France, a million is shared between Spain and Italy. Three countries particularly affected by the epidemic, which mathematically influences the mortality of Moroccans and other inhabitants, local or foreign, living in these countries.