Morocco records 129 new coronavirus cases, mainly in three Casablanca hotspots

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As of Sunday, May 17, 129 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Morocco, resulting in 6,870 total infected cases since the start of the pandemic.

In relative terms, there are currently 19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, said Mohamed Lyoubi, head the epidemiology department at the Ministry of Health, during a daily press.

The majority of these new cases were located in the Casablanca-Settat region, and specifically in the city of Casablanca, he pursued, explaining that three infection hotspots were found there, resulting in 99 new cases in Casablanca only.

The Casablanca-Settat region houses 30% of the cases, Mohamed Lyoubi added, also stating that 84% (109) of the cases were in close contact with peviously confirmed cases. 

4,824 suspected cases were dismissed after testing negative, while the active cases amounted to 3,018, or 8 active cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

During the past 24 hours, no deaths have been reported, the total number of deaths stands at 192 and the fatality rate at 2.8%.

Morocco also recorded 173 new recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 3,660 and the recovery rate in Morocco to 53.3%.

«These Casablanca hotspots have resulted in the majority of cases. We hope to control more and more the appearance of these», Mohamed Lyoubi concluded.

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