In a bid to curtail the spread of Covid-19, Morocco imposed a lockdown on Casablanca also shut its schools Monday, the day they were supposed to reopen after summer
The authorities said a statement issued late Sunday that the new measures, which include restrictions on movement and a night-time curfew, would be in place for two weeks in the commercial capital,
The Health Minister Khalid Ait Taleb, said “We risk being overwhelmed by the virus,”
“Therefore, drastic measures are required, otherwise the situation may get out of control in the coming days”
The country recorded 2,234 new infections on Sunday, a record for a single day, with 42 percent of them in Casablanca.
The spread of Covid-19 was blamed on people’s failure to adhere to health protocols.
Casablanca, along with Marrakesh, had already been subject a series of restrictions three weeks ago, including beach closures and shortened business hours.
Authorities decided on Monday to close educational institutions including primary, middle, and high schools as well as universities.
That came after epidemiologists voiced concern over the health system’s capacity to respond to the crisis, and the additional risks posed by the start of the school year.
All exits to major cities were closed from midday, with travel only allowed with “exceptional authorisation” issued by local authorities.