Morocco has reported on May 3 its first two cases of the COVID-19 variant first identified in India.
The health ministry in Morocco announced that it recorded the cases in the city of Casablanca — an expatriate and his contact who was a foreigner living in the North African country.
The health ministry said in the statement that the National Center for Scientific and Technical Research confirmed the cases.
The health ministry also said that the two cases, as well as their known contacts, have been taken care of according to the international and national protocols.
Furthermore, the health ministry stated that it has increased all quarantine-related measures to prevent an outbreak of the Indian variant, B.1.617.
Morocco has suspended flights with India tightened travel restrictions in recent months in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 variants.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Morocco has recorded 511,912 cases and 9,032 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
Data from JHU also showed that India has recorded over 19.9 million cases, the second highest in the world after the United States, following days of reporting over 300,000 daily cases.
India has also recorded 218,959 deaths, the third highest in the world after the U.S. and Brazil, according to JHU.