‘Put on the mask!’ The new order to Morocco against the coronavirus

This week Morocco decided to make the use of masks compulsory for its 35 million inhabitants. In the face of shortages, prices for surgical masks have skyrocketed

'Put on the mask’! is the new order of the control patrols deployed in Morocco to enforce the state of sanitary emergency, at a time when local industrialists rush to produce masks before the fort demand. This week Morocco decided to make the use of masks compulsory for its 35 million inhabitants. In the face of shortages, prices for surgical masks have skyrocketed
‘Put on the mask!’ The new order to Morocco against the coronavirus
Casablanca, Morocco. - 'Put on the mask’! is the new order of the control patrols deployed in Morocco to enforce the state of sanitary emergency, at a time when local industrialists rush to produce masks before the fort demand.
While many governments still vacillate, this week Morocco decided to make the use of masks mandatory for its 35 million inhabitants, under penalty of sanctions, after a comparative study of the evolution of the epidemic in different countries, Ugobleno News said.
Previously, the textile industry industrialists had reconverted their production tool, with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
The commercialization of these locally produced protection implements began at the end of last week, with the aim of supplying no less than 70,000 points of sale.
Until then, the masks were imported from China, an essential supplier.
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These ‘international standards’ masks are sold in local shops in packs of 10 at a modest price of 80 dirham per unit (approximately 7-euro cents), thanks to subsidies from the special emergency fund declared by the king, paid by the state and through donations, according to the ministry.
In this context, a photo of Mohamed VI wearing a mask during a hearing on Tuesday, the day the measure came into force, went viral.
Mohamed VI wearing a mask during a hearing on Tuesday, the day the measure came into force, went viral.
King of Morocco lives by example, wearing his face mask
In order to circulate, the Moroccans rushed to acquire them and the first stocks quickly ran out, according to concordant testimonies.
On social media, many people complain that they have failed to buy. However, it is now rare to find pedestrians with bare faces.

Some use old masks, unlikely building protections, or scarves.

Given the shortage, the prices of surgical masks available in pharmacies have skyrocketed, as their rates are not regulated.
Although Morocco continues to depend heavily on its agriculture, for years it has been betting on industry to diversify its economy, with the creation of offshore areas that attract foreign investors.
Today, the industry, ‘which seems to be the key to the economic recovery’, is striving even more to ‘increase its participation in the GDP’, explains the High Commissioner for the Plan (HCP).
The production of Moroccan-designed artificial respirators has also just been launched mobilizing doctors, researchers and industrialists located in a free zone dedicated to aeronautics near Casablanca. A first series of 500 units is being produced.
The number of officially declared cases of covid-19 in Morocco is as of Friday of more than 1,400, of which 105 died. These figures must be analyzed taking into account the low number of tests carried out, approximately only 7,000.
To limit contagion, the authorities are betting above all on very strict confinement. Those who break the rules are exposed to up to three months in prison and up to 1,300 dirhams fine (115 euros).
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