Morocco stops special flights for stranded tourists

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A man wearing a face mask walks along a street in Rabat, Morocco, on March 16, 2020. Morocco's Ministry of Health on Monday announced nine new COVID-19 cases, bringing its total number of confirmed cases to 37. (Photo by Chadi/Xinhua)
A man wearing a face mask walks along a street in Rabat, Morocco, on March 16, 2020. Morocco’s Ministry of Health on Monday announced nine new COVID-19 cases, bringing its total number of confirmed cases to 37. (Photo by Chadi/Xinhua)

Morocco on Sunday stopped the special flights that have been authorised to repatriate tourists stranded in the North African country, a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The mechanism of special flights had been set up following the decision of Morocco on March 15 to suspend, until further notice, all international passenger flights to and from its territory.

According to a release from the French embassy in Rabat, the mechanism has helped so far operate more than 147 special flights and repatriate 17,000 French tourists.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Morocco has risen to 109 as of Sunday evening, Moroccan Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Out of the infected cases, three have died and three others have recovered, the ministry said.

Morocco has announced a public health emergency, restricted movements, and suspended private and public means of transport between cities.

The North African country has closed all its land and sea borders and suspended all domestic and international passenger flights.

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