Morocco confirms 138 new COVID-19 infections, 9,977 in total

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Morocco on Sunday announced 138 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the North African country to 9,977.

The number of recovered patients increased to 8,284 with 61 new recoveries, while the death toll rose to 214 as one new fatality was recorded in the last 24 hours, said Hind Ezzine, head of the Department of Epidemic Diseases of the Ministry of Health.

In addition, 5,131 others who had contacts with the coronavirus patients are still under medical surveillance, and 14 patients are in intensive care units.

The COVID-19 death rate in Morocco stabilizes at 2.2 percent, and the recovery rate at 83 percent, the official noted.

Earlier on Sunday, Morocco has announced that it will relax travel restrictions inside the country and allow cafes and restaurants to reopen starting from June 25.

Public transport between cities and domestic flights will also resume on June 25, according to specific conditions, it added.

China has helped Morocco in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

A batch of medical supplies donated by the government of northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region was transported on June 8 to Casablanca-Settat in Morocco.

On May 14, China Development Bank sent a batch of donation, including respirators and medical protective masks, to Morocco help fight the pandemic.

China’s Guizhou Province has also donated 15,000 surgical gloves, 20,000 medical masks and 2,000 protective suits to help protect Moroccan medical workers fighting the pandemic.

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