Morocco closes major cities to curb virus outbreak

(27 Jul 2020) Passengers were stranded at a bus terminal in Rabat on Monday after Morocco abruptly banned all travel to and from some major cities to try to stem a spike in coronavirus cases.
The North African country remains less impacted by the virus than its European neighbours to the north.
As of Monday morning, a joint statement from the Moroccan Health and Interior Ministries quoted by MAP state news agency said that there is a "ban" on travel affecting the cities of Tangier, Tetouan, Fez, Meknes, Casablanca, Berrechid, Settat and the popular tourist destination of Marrakech.
The statement adds that exceptions include people with urgent medical needs and workers on specific missions who will need a travel permit issued by a local authority.
Transportation of goods and commodities will continue normally.
The ministries said the decision was made because many Moroccans were not complying with measures encouraged by the governments to fight the spread of the coronavirus, such as social distancing, the wearing of masks and the use of disinfectants.
The death toll from the coronavirus in Morocco remains relatively low at 313, according to a widely used tally by Johns Hopkins University.

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