Is full containment possible? El Otmani responds

Is full containment possible? El Otmani responds
Is full containment possible? El Otmani responds

Return to total containment is a possible option if the health situation linked to the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) gets out of control, the head of government, Saad Dine El Otmani, said in Rabat on Tuesday.

In response to a central question around “government policies to face socio-economic challenges in light of the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic” during the monthly oral questions session on general policy in the House of Councilors, Mr. El Otmani indicated that “none of us, officials or citizens, wish to return to total containment, in view of its social, economic and psychological repercussions, but there remains a possible option if the epidemiological situation ever gets out of hand.”

“This also depends on everyone’s commitment to respect proactive and preventive measures known to all”, he added.

In this sense, he stressed that “the current epidemiological situation is worrying, but thanks to the combined efforts of all and the sacrifices of health professionals, it is not yet out of control”, calling for greater vigilance. and beware of fake news and rumors.

All decisions undertaken by the Kingdom are national and sovereign decisions based on precise data, said the government official, explaining that there are scientific and specialized committees responsible for monitoring, evaluation and decision-making. required.

He also noted that the efforts of all actors must be oriented, first, to the fight against the spread of the pandemic, then to the resumption of economic activity and to deal with the socio-economic repercussions. of Covid-19.

Mr. El Otmani indicated that the Kingdom is experiencing, like other countries in the world, a continuous spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, noting that this situation has pushed Morocco to extend the state of health emergency six times in a row.

Separately, he stressed that seasonal illnesses weaken immunity and exhibit symptoms similar to Covid-19, which he said poses an additional challenge in dealing with the spread of the pandemic.

To this end, the government official calls on citizens and institutions to exercise vigilance and caution, while respecting individual and collective health measures.

The measures put in place by the Kingdom since the start of the pandemic, in accordance with the High Instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, have made it possible to avoid several deaths and contaminations, adding that the period of confinement was an opportunity to prepare for the Kingdom to face the evolution of the epidemiological situation, in particular by developing the capacities of the health system.

Mr. El Otmani did not fail to highlight the worrying epidemiological situation in the Casablanca-Settat region, noting that the region alone records nearly half of confirmed cases and deaths.

In addition, the head of government referred to some indicators relating to the epidemiological situation in the Kingdom, affirming that the gravity of the epidemiological situation in Morocco is measured by the number of serious cases, deaths and contaminations.

The Kingdom still maintains the lowest case fatality rate in the world with 1.7%, he continues, adding that the occupancy rate of intensive care beds dedicated to Covid-19 is around 36%.


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