Covid-19 Reproduction Rate Stabilizes at 0.98 – Health Ministry

For the fifteenth week in a row, the reproduction rate of Covid-19 remained below 1%, said the ministry in its bimonthly report on the epidemiological situation, presented Tuesday in Rabat, by the head of the division of communicable diseases at the Department of Epidemiology and Disease Control, Abdelkrim Meziane Belfkih.

As of March 2, the total number of cases recorded since the beginning of the pandemic reached 483,766, for a cumulative incidence rate of 1,330.8 per 100,000 people, he said.

The number of deaths recorded at the national level dropped by 10.4% to 8,630, i.e. a case-fatality rate of about 1.8%, against a global rate of 2.2%, Belfkih noted, recalling that Morocco is ranked 37th in the world and 3rd in Africa with regard to the number of deaths.

The downward trend was observed in the regions of Rabat-Sale-Kenitra (-28%), Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra (-33%), Guelmim-Oued Noun (-35%), Souss-Massa (-31%), Daraâ-Tafilalet (-28,6%) and Tanger-Tétouan-Al Hoceima (-17%), the official added.

The national weekly epidemiological curve increased in the regions of the Oriental (2,4%), Fez-Meknes (13,3%), Marrakech-Safi (1,5%), Casablanca-Settat (0,4%) and Béni Mellal-Khénifra (2,3%). The curve remains unchanged in the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region.

The improvement in the indicators of the epidemiological situation is the result of the restrictive measures put in place by the authorities and the support and involvement of citizens in the application of these measures, he explained.

“Today, the pandemic is under control, and the figures of the epidemiological situation are constantly improving,” Belfkih said, noting however that “vigilance must remain in place and the restrictive measures that have enabled us to control the pandemic must be respected”.

Globally, the number of positive cases stands at 114,821,228 as of March 1, i.e. a cumulative incidence rate of 1,473 per 100,000 inhabitants.

The number of coronavirus-related deaths stood at 2,545,365 with a fatality rate of 2.2%, he added, noting that the number of cured people rose to about 90,405,733 for a recovery rate of 78.7%.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse