the community circulation of the virus goes to the “medium orange” vigilance level

The epidemiological situation is characterized by a shift in the community circulation of Covid-19 from the level of “low green” to “medium orange” vigilance, particularly in large cities, the coordinator of the National Center for Operations of public health emergency at the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Mouad Mrabet.

During a meeting with the press devoted to the presentation of the monthly assessment of the epidemic situation (May 11/June 07, 2022), Mouad Mrabet noted that after an intermediate period of three months since the first week of March 2022, characterized by low to very low community circulation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in various regions, the spread of the virus has increased from low green level to medium orange level, especially in large cities.

The test positivity rate has gradually increased for the fourth consecutive week, from 0.6% to 5% last week, while the case reproduction index is now 1.19, he said. , calling on the population to resume wearing a mask in closed or high-traffic places.

According to the specialist, the new dangerous and critical cases admitted to the intensive care units have not experienced any significant or significant evolution, the number remaining low and not exceeding 20 new cases per week, i.e. less than 1 per 100,000 people. . Thus, in the past four weeks, 62 patients have been admitted to intensive care and intensive care, while 47 have been discharged from hospital after their state of health improved, he said.

Regarding deaths, the official observed that they are still stable at a low level, with a total of 10 deaths recorded in the past four weeks. In relation to the genomic surveillance of the virus, he noted that the Omicron mutant is still dominant with the BA.2 submutant and the early spread of the BA.5 submutant, as well as small percentages of other submutants. mutants.

Regarding the national vaccination campaign, the booster dose coverage rate reached 17.6%, with a continuity rate of 27.6%.

Although serious and critical cases as well as deaths have not increased to date, the epidemiological situation of Covid-19 at the national level is no longer so comfortable, noted Mouad Mrabet, stressing that the ministry urges in particular the elderly, immunofragile people and people with chronic diseases, to receive the booster dose to increase the level of immunity.

The ministry also calls on citizens to resume wearing masks in closed or high-traffic places, urging people who have respiratory symptoms to wear a mask and to cease all professional or social activity while visiting health establishments. for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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