Morocco registers 1,609 new COVID-19 cases, 42 more deaths

A medical worker collects a swab from a woman for a COVID-19 test in Sale, (Photo by Chadi/Xinhua)
A medical worker collects a swab from a woman for a COVID-19 test in Sale, Morocco, on Aug. 21, 2020. Morocco on Friday reported 1,609 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections in the country since March 2 to 49,247. (Photo by Chadi/Xinhua)

Morocco on Friday reported 1,609 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections in the country since March 2 to 49,247.

The death toll rose by 42 to 817, said Mouad Mrabet, coordinator of the Moroccan Center for Public Health Operations at the Ministry of Health at a press briefing.

The number of recoveries from the coronavirus in Morocco increased to 33,199 after 1,393 more were added.

A volunteer distributes a face mask to a man in Sale, Morocco, on Aug. 21, 2020. (Photo by Chadi/Xinhua)

Meanwhile, 196 patients are in intensive care units.

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.

Medical workers collect swabs for COVID-19 tests in Sale, Morocco, on Aug. 21, 2020.

On May 14, China Development Bank sent a batch of donation, including respirators and medical protective masks, to help Morocco fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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