Morocco shuts down to tourists over new COVID strain

No tourists are expected in Morocco

The restrictions will be in effect from November 29 for the next two weeks, so they plan to preserve the country’s achievements in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The Moroccan authorities have decided to close passenger flights for tourists from all over the world from November 29, due to the spread of a new strain of coronavirus, dubbed Omicron, the country’s Foreign Ministry said.

“Today, Sunday, the inter-ministerial COVID tracking committee announced the suspension of all direct travel flights to the kingdom for a period of two weeks,” the ministry’s press service wrote.

The restrictions will be in effect from November 29 for the next two weeks. The Foreign Ministry reports that the corresponding decision should preserve the country’s achievements in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“Due to the rapid spread of the new Omicron coronavirus strain, especially in Europe and Africa, in order to preserve Morocco’s achievements in the fight against the pandemic and protect the health of citizens, it was decided to suspend all direct passenger flights,” the press service adds.

At the same time, over the next two weeks, the country will monitor the situation around the spread of the new strain. In the event of its deterioration, the decision to close the air traffic will be continued.

Recall that the appearance of the Omicron strain, characterized by a large number of mutationsscientists from South Africa reported in late November. The new strain has already been identified in the UK, Belgium, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel.

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