The circulation of the virus goes to the “high” level in 3 regions

In just one week, the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 in Morocco went from “ moderate level » to ” high level “ in several regions, can be observed in a graph from the Ministry of Health.

Produced by the Directorate of Epidemiology and Disease Control and the National Center for Public Health Emergency Operations (Nousp-Morocco), the graph shows the level of circulation of SARS-CoV-2 from May 30 to June 5 compared to the week of June 6 to 12.

Thus, we can see that during the week of May 30 to June 5, the circulation of the phantom virus was at a moderate level to go from June 6 to June 12, at the high level.

During the week of May 30 to June 5, the virus spread a little more in the regions of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, Tangier-Téouan-Al Hoceima, Marrakech-Safi, Drâa-Tafilalt and Souss-Massa, but still at a level moderate “.

But during the week of June 6 to 12, the circulation of the virus went to the level “ raised in three regions of the Kingdom in particular, namely Casablanca-Settat, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra and Souss-Massa.

In addition, two regions are still green in Morocco, either at a level “ weak “ circulation of the virus, according to the graph from the Ministry of Health. These are the regions of Laayoune Sakia El Hamra and Fez-Meknes. That said, the seven (7) other regions of the Kingdom are still at a level “ moderate “circulation of SARS-CoV-2.

This high level of circulation of the phantom virus, especially in the large regions of the Kingdom, is due to several factors, according to specialists. These include, among other things, the easing of restrictive measures linked to Covid-19, the return of gatherings, parties, festivals and cultural events, the start of the summer season which is experiencing the entry of tourists and MREs. or even the abandonment by the citizen of barrier gestures: Wearing a mask and distancing.

According to Dr Tayeb Hamdi, physician, health policy and systems researcher, “ we are therefore facing an increase in cases which is confirmed day by day and which will continue during this summer”.

Normal, since there is a relaxation on the part of the population in addition to the summer season which has started (travel, gatherings, festivals, weddings, etc.), in addition to the presence of the BA2 variant (more contagious) which has taken over on BA1 for several weeks and which has given a boost to the rise in cases”he explains.

Regarding the increase in positive cases of Covid-19 in the regions of Casablanca-Settat, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra and Souss-Massa, the expert explains this by the large population in these three regions, in particular CS, in addition to the strong testing capacity giving the example of Casablanca or even Rabat which have a huge number of laboratories.

The other factor put forward by the expert concerns vaccination. ” We have a population that was vaccinated months ago, or that has been infected for months. These two immunities, either post-disease or post-vaccination, decline over the months. This residual immunity can protect us against severe forms of Covid-19, but protects us less and less against infections“, he specifies.

That said, Dr. Hamdi remains optimistic and specifies that this outbreak of cases does not represent a real threat to our health system. “Of course with this increase in cases, the deaths will increase a little, but not as much as during the 1st and 2nd waves. This time, there was no significant increase in deaths, thanks to the population immunity that we were able to acquire. But there in will still have among the population of 60 and over who are not vaccinated, and people with chronic diseases and who are not triple vaccinated, deaths and serious cases, but without threat to the health system“, he says.

In this sense, the expert recommends a return to barrier gestures (wearing a mask, distancing, etc.), and vaccination as a booster dose, in particular for vulnerable and at-risk people, not ruling out the possibility of resorting to a 4th booster dose in the winter of 2022, where an epidemiological wave is expected, he says.

It should be recalled that as of June 12, the number of D1 beneficiaries reached 24,841,824 since the start of the vaccination campaign, compared to 23,324,384 D2 beneficiaries and 6,477,429 D3 beneficiaries.

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