The end of an epidemic wave does not mean the end of the epidemic

After two consecutive weeks of alertness level “weak greenof the community circulation of Covid-19 and the start of the post-wave phase or the fourth intermediate period, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection announced this Tuesday, August 9, the end of the second Omicron wave.

In his presentation of the bi-monthly review of the epidemiological situation, from July 5 to August 8, 2022, the coordinator of the National Center for Public Health Emergency Operations of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Dr Mouad Mrabet, stressed that the “Morocco experienced a fourth wave of community circulation of Covid-19 which lasted 11 weeks and reached its peak in the two weeks from June 20 to July 3.warning that the end of an epidemic wave does not mean the end of the epidemic.

The coordinator of the National Center for Public Health Emergency Operations at the MOH nevertheless stressed that the spread of the virus will continue at a low level with the possibility of the appearance of a possible wave, but not imminent, noting that the The last two weeks have been marked by a gradual decrease in the level of virus circulation.

As for the test positivity rate, Dr. Mrabet said that it fell from 22.6% during the peak week to 3.2% last week, with a case reproduction index of 0.83. . He also pointed out that the Omicron mutant is still prevalent with two main sub-mutants (BA.5 82.5%) and (BA.2 10.5%), compared to 7% for other sub-mutants, according to the latest reports of the National Genomics Watch Consortium.

With regard to other epidemiological indicators, Dr Mrabet reported a 76% drop in the number of serious or critical cases in intensive care units to 999 cases during this 4th wave, compared to 4,201 who were admitted during the same period during the 1st wave of Omicron, noting that this result is due to the citizens acquiring natural and vaccine immunity against severe and critical cases.

Also, Dr. Mrabet revealed that a total of 931 serious cases due to Covid-19 have been prevented during the current wave, thanks to the national anti-covid vaccination campaign, citing data from the Operations Center public health emergency under the ministry, as deaths reached 182 during this wave, compared to 1,182 during Omicron’s 1st wave, an 85% drop from both waves.

Thus coming to the national vaccination campaign. Dr. Mrabet said that the rate of people who took the booster dose reached 18.3% (6,705,951), while nearly 30,000 people received the 4th dose.

In conclusion, the coordinator of the National Center for Public Health Emergency Operations at the MOH reiterated the call for all citizens aged 60 and 18 and over, as well as people with chronic diseases to receive the booster dose, six months after receiving the 3rd dose, urging people who have respiratory symptoms to wear the mask and stop all work or social activities, while going to health facilities for diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

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