And the Moroccan Ministry of Health announced the registration of 21 new cases of the British strain through genetic monitoring and tracking of the circulating strains, bringing the number of discovered cases of this mutated strain of Corona virus in Morocco to 24 cases.
The ministry indicated that, in exchange for recording new cases of the British virus, no type of cases from the South African or Brazilian strains were detected in the Kingdom.
In the face of tightening quarantine measures in a number of countries of the world with the emergence of new mutated strains that are transmitted faster and more infectious among people, a number of Moroccans expressed their fear of imposing a comprehensive quarantine in the country, which would cut the way to return to normal life soon.
Despite the decrease in the number of daily recorded infections with the Coronavirus in Morocco, the emergence of the new mutated strain forced the authorities to extend precautionary measures to cordon off the virus and limit its spread, as the authorities impose the closure of restaurants, cafes, stores and major shops at 8 pm, with night mobility attending Nine at night to six in the morning all over the country.
Obsessions of quarantine
Moroccans have increased fears of returning to quarantine after the announcement of the monitoring of new cases of the mutated Corona virus, and this also has negative impacts and repercussions on the economic and social levels.
Abdul Hadi, the owner of a hair salon, expressed his fear of the possibility of returning once again to the comprehensive quarantine, which previously put him in an unemployed position that lasted more than 5 months, due to the cessation of a number of sectors from practicing their activities since last March, the date of recording the first cases of the epidemic. In Morocco.
Abdel-Hadi says to “Sky News Arabia”: “We are eager to return to our normal life, after reaching herd immunity within the next few months, and instead of returning to the quarantine scenario again, I prefer living with the mutated virus.”
As for Yusra, a student at the Higher School of Business and Management, she does not rule out returning to quarantine, and says to “Sky News Arabia”: “Since the new strain is rapidly spreading, and since many citizens do not adhere to preventive measures and health measures, I expect a new wave of infections. With the virus, if it is not cordoned off with strict health measures, and if necessary, a comprehensive quarantine is imposed. “
The possibility of exacerbating the epidemiological situation
Professor Mustafa Al-Naji, Director of the Virus Laboratory at Hassan II University in Casablanca, stresses that the new mutation of the Coronavirus that appeared in Britain and reached Morocco is more prevalent by more than 70 percent of the emerging corona virus, due to the genomic changes that occurred on the “Covid virus.” 19 “.
In a statement to Sky News Arabia, Professor Al-Naji believes that Morocco, which has recorded 24 cases of the mutated strain to date, may move towards imposing a quarantine if the epidemic situation worsens and cases rise in a way that is difficult to control.
In order to avoid returning to quarantine and to avoid infection with the mutated strain that affects children and adults, unlike the first formula, the expert in virology called for continuing to adhere to the precautionary measures that have been followed for months, and the social distancing or wearing of a muzzle and avoiding gatherings, while being keen on continuous sterilization of the hands.
The efficacy of the vaccine
For his part, Dr. Moulay Said Afif, a member of the scientific committee for vaccination, called for the necessity to adhere to the precautionary measures, in conjunction with the improvement of the epidemiological situation in Morocco, to prevent the spread of the mutated strain.
In a statement to “Sky News Arabia”, Dr. Afif confirmed that the epidemiological situation is controlled until the moment, thanks to the proactive measures taken by Morocco to besiege the mutated virus, including suspending flights to and from some countries in which these mutated strains are spread.
The Moroccan expert pointed out that, due to the ability of this mutated strain to spread rapidly, it poses a greater threat to people classified within vulnerable groups and those with chronic diseases, as these groups are considered the most vulnerable to the epidemic.
Regarding the efficacy of the vaccines that Morocco is currently using against the Corona virus and the possibility of it confronting the mutated strain, Dr. Afif emphasized their effectiveness, stressing that they provide protection from the virus coming from Britain.
Morocco, which officially launched the vaccination campaign against the emerging corona virus at the end of last January, approved the Chinese “Sinopharm” and the British “AstraZeneca” vaccines.
The number of beneficiaries of the first dose of the vaccine against the Coronavirus, to the extent of today, Monday, reached more than two million and 552 thousand people, while the number of beneficiaries of the second dose of vaccination against the virus reached 23,667 people.