The government of Morocco announced the suspension of reparation flights, starting from 23 December for its citizens stranded abroad to prevent a surge of the COVID-19 Omicron variant after detecting its first case.
The Moroccan Interministerial Committee for COVID-19 Monitoring statement said that the decision was made after the rapid spread of the Omicron in their neighboring EU countries.
According to the statement, the announced decision is for the benefit of Moroccans residing in the Kingdom, and the ones stranded aboard.
Those who wanted to return to the Kingdom were told to make the necessary arrangements for their return before the deadline.
The decision came a few hours after a female patient was tested positive for the Omicron variant of the COVID-19.
“As part of the national vigilance and epidemiological monitoring and its communication policy, this first case of contamination by the new strain Omicron was detected in a Moroccan citizen whose health condition is stable and does not cause concern,” Moroccan Health Ministry said in a statement.
The female patient is currently under medical supervision in a hospital in the city of Casablanca.
The ministry called on the Moroccans to observe health guidance such as putting on masks, frequently washing hands and continuing disinfection, and avoiding crowded gatherings.
The ministry also called on citizens to get COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible.
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