HCP: Lifting COVID-19 Lockdown Potentially Dangerous For Public Health

The study by the High Commission for Planning comes two days before the Moroccan government determines the future of the nationwide lockdown.
By Zuza Nazaruk -
Zuza Nazaruk is a Rotterdam-based journalist who focuses on social inclusion and climate emergency.
May 17, 2020

Rabat – Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP) released a study outlining the possible patterns of the spread of COVID-19 after lifting the country’s lockdown.

HCP lauded Morocco’s tackling of the pandemic, saying, “Morocco was able to quickly capitalize on the lessons from international experience in the fight against this particularly virulent and contagious virus.” The ministerial body perceives the introduction of the lockdown on March 20 as a highly effective measure that saved the lives of thousands of Moroccans.

The novel coronavirus has a high contagion rate yet a low mortality rate. In Morocco, recoveries constitute 53.3% of all confirmed cases, while fatalities represent 2.8%, and few patients—8.4 of 36 million citizens—are in the high-risk group due to age or a chronic disease.

According to HCP, the lockdown reduced the average rate of the virus’s transmission, called R0 by health experts, from 2.7 to 1.36. For the pandemic to fade out, the R0 needs to fall below 1.0...