Morocco king calls for ‘general mobilisation’ against virus

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People wearing face masks are seen in a square in Marrakech, Morocco, on Oct. 7, 2020. Morocco on Wednesday reported 2,776 new COVID-19 cases, the biggest single-day increase so far, taking the number of infections in the country since March 2 to 140,024. (Photo by Chadi/Xinhua)
People wearing face masks are seen in a square in Marrakech, Morocco, on Oct. 7, 2020. Morocco on Wednesday reported 2,776 new COVID-19 cases, the biggest single-day increase so far, taking the number of infections in the country since March 2 to 140,024. (Photo by Chadi/Xinhua)

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI called Friday for a “general mobilisation” to confront the coronavirus crisis and its dire economic impact on the country, in a video message broadcast in parliament.

“To confront this unprecedented crisis, to stand up to the challenges arising from it, requires a national general mobilisation,” said the king.

The 57-year-old monarch said his traditional speech for the opening of parliament was being made remotely because of the “exceptional circumstances” in the North African country.

Morocco on Friday declared a daily record of 3,445 new cases of Covid-19, raising the total number of confirmed contaminations to 146,398, including 2,530 deaths.

At the end of last month, the central bank forecast 6.3-percent recession in 2020 due to a “slower than anticipated” economic upturn and the closure of Morocco’s borders that has denied it vital tourism revenues.

A medical state of emergency in force in Morocco since mid-March has been extended until November 10.

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